Former Newcastle United youngster Cal Roberts has told of his shock when he was informed he would not be getting a new contract with the Magpies.
The 22-year-old was let go by the Premier League club this summer, after he spent the second half of 2018/19 on loan at Colchester United.
Roberts – a former England U20 international – now plays his football at Blyth Spartans in the National League North, somewhere he never would have expected to end up earlier this year.
Speaking about his release by the Magpies, Roberts said (Chronicle): “It was a weird one, I thought I had the best season of my career.
“I scored a number of goals in the U23s, I got a number of assists and scored for the first team. I made the bench twice in the Premier League which I’d never done before. I was going into this meeting confident.
“When he told us I was not going to get a contract, I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say.
“I never thought about playing for anybody else. Newcastle was always the team I’d wanted to play for.
“Everybody in the city wants to do what you do. When that was taken away, I was shell-shocked.”
Roberts has dropped down to the sixth tier of English football, but admits he has now never felt happier at a football club.
Roberts being informed he wouldn’t be getting a new contract had to have stung, but perhaps now he can use that as motivation to climb his way back up the divisions.
Ultimately, he will want to prove to Newcastle he could have cut it.
His record in Premier League 2 of 30 goals and 21 assists in 80 appearances would certainly suggest he has the ability to be playing at a higher level than he is currently.
Having scored nine goals in nine games, his stint with the Green Army could well be a brief one.