Youngsters will find new clubs – they have kept standards high and pushed on, says Dawson
NEWCASTLE United coach Ben Dawson is confident that the club’s soon to be released Under-23 squad will find new clubs for next season.
The Magpies have just a handful of games left in Premier League 2 but a summer revamp awaits at Little Benton after a host of players were told their deals would not be renewed for the 2018/19 campaign.
The likes of Curtis Good, Stuart Findlay, Mackenzie Heaney, Macaulay Gillesphey, Tom Heardman, and Kyle Cameron will all leave United at the end of the season.
A clutch of youngsters have already had talks with new clubs while others are preparing for trials to secure their next step.
However, Dawson does not believe this has sparked any negative reaction from his players, and said: “They have not let it affect them and said: ‘I’m going to get a career elsewhere.’ “They have really pushed on. “They have kept their standards high in training and out on the pitch.
“You look at some of the performances of the lads who are leaving you wouldn’t say they had chucked the towel in, they have given everything.”
Dawson’s side were cruelly beaten 1-0 by FC Porto B in the Premier League International Cup at the semi-final stage after a last-minute choker, and they were knocked out
of the Premier League Cup at the quarter-final stage against Sheffield United earlier this month.
Newcastle’s second string do have the Northumberland Senior Cup to look forward to in May and Dawson said: “We have never faulted the effort of the lads.
“They have worked hard every day in training.
“That’s the one thing that they can control, they can give maximum effort every day in every game and they do that.
“Sometimes a little bit of quality lets them down or a decision elsewhere or the opposition are too good for you.
“But the effort has been terrific all season in that dressing room.”
United’s defeat to Porto was a disappointing night for the young Magpies but after a run to the last four that included impressive wins over Sparta Prague and PSV Eindhoven, Dawson was proud of his players.
He went on: “We went through the history books before the game and the club have only appeared in four European semi-finals.
“Obviously the Inter City Fairs Cup in 1969 they got through and played in two other semi-finals the UEFA Cup in 2004 and Intertoto in 2001.
“We said to the lads there’s an opportunity to put yourself in the history books.
“I am just really disappointed that it ended like it did.”