Young­sters will find new clubs – they have kept stan­dards high and pushed on, says Daw­son

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By LEE RY­DER @lee_ry­der

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.”

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