Ferguson pledges future to Magpies

Shane Ferguson goes into a challenge with Chelsea flop Fernando Torres.
Shane Ferguson goes into a challenge with Chelsea flop Fernando Torres.

Derry’s Newcastle United superstar Shane Ferguson has signed a five-year extension on his contract that will keep him at St James’ Park until 2016.

The 19-year-old Shantallow man first joined the Magpies four years ago from Derry City and has progressed rapidly through the club’s youth ranks.

He is seen as a versatile left-sided player, who functions well in defence or midfield.

He was given a first-team debut last August in the Carling Cup against Accrington Stanley and went on to enjoy a breakthrough season, with his first game in the Premier League in the Toons’ 5-0 victory over West Ham. He went on to make nine appearances in all competitions this season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said that this was his best ever season:

“Playing in the Premier League, it doesn’t come much bigger than that.

“I’ve loved every minute of it and I couldn’t be more grateful to the manager for giving me a chance. I’ve really enjoyed this year and it’s been my best year at Newcastle and the new contract has just been the icing on the cake for me.

“It’s a great thrill to play for the club and the support I have had from the fans since making my debut really means a lot so I’m just delighted to be with Newcastle for the next five years now.”

Shane made his way into the first team’s starting eleven towards the end of the season and started their final two games against Chelsea and West Brom, both of which ended in draws.

The 3-3 draw against West Brom on the last day left Shane feeling somewhat disappointed, but he remained upbeat about the club’s young talent being given chance to play: “We played brilliantly until the last half-an-hour, when we just had a lapse of concentration. But credit to the lads, they’ve been brilliant all year.

“Everybody was very disappointed. We felt like we lost the game because we just gave it away in the last few minutes but it’s been a brilliant season all round and it was great for some of the youngsters to get a chance.”