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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Newcastle United sign Carlisle teenager on professional deal

Carlisle teenager Steven Logan has underlined his potential by being handed a professional deal with Newcastle United.

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Steven Logan

Logan, a 17-year-old midfielder from Wetheral, has made a big impact at St James’ Park since joining the Geordie giants after leaving Brampton’s William Howard School 18 months ago.

He has already won three Scotland Under-17 caps as he qualifies for them through his Scots-born dad John.

Logan’s career has been guided so far by former Carlisle United No2 Joe Joyce, who was in the dug-out when the Blues won the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1997 and is now academy director at Newcastle.

Carlisle were interested in signing the youngster, who first laced his boots with Northbank Football Club, but he had already signed for Newcastle.

The Premier League club were so impressed by his progress that they moved quickly to pin him down on a two-and-a-half year professional deal last week.

Logan said: “I’ve been at Newcastle for seven years as they spotted me playing for Northbank in a tournament over in the North East.

“I’m really pleased with the way things are going, and it’s great to get my first pro contract.

“I’ve been working with Joe Joyce since I was about 14 as I’ve come right through the ranks at Newcastle. He’s played an important part in my development and is very experienced.

“I’ve joined in four or five training sessions with the first team, and that was fantastic experience.”

Logan, who can also play at right-back, won his first Scotland under-17 caps in the Nordic Cup tournament against Sweden and Norway, before playing in a friendly against the USA.

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