Newcastle United youngster Joe White hopes to follow the Longstaff brothers into the first-team.
Speaking to the club’s official website after signing a new contract, White spoke of his admiration for the Longstaffs. He added that it gives him “great confidence” to eventually get to the first-team.
White has made the step up from U18 football to U23 football this season. With EFL Trophy and Premier League 2 games under his belt, he will now be hoping to nail down a regular spot in the team.
His good performances this season have been rewarded with his first professional contract. The 17-year-old, who joined the club from Carlisle United, is considered a talent for the future.
White on the Longstaff brothers
Sean Longstaff broke into the Newcastle team last season and made an instant impact. This season, Matty Longstaff announced his arrival on the scene with a debut winner against Manchester United. White sees their success as the blueprint for Newcastle youngsters.
White told nufc.co.uk: “With Matty and Sean Longstaff both coming from the Academy and both being central midfielders like me, it gives me great confidence that if I keep working hard and keep continuing to develop as a player, then anything is possible.”
The Longstaff brothers have restored a lot of local pride to Newcastle. In an age where Premier League clubs are spending big on foreign imports, the Longstaff brothers reminded fans that there is still a pool of local talent around.
White will be eager to follow their example. The midfield playmaker has already trained with Steve Bruce’s senior squad so he is on the first-team radar. But he needs to show his worth in the U23 team first.