Striker Elias Sorensen, who had a miserable loan spell with Carlisle United, has made a permanent departure from Newcastle United.

The forward has returned to his native Denmark to sign a permanent deal with Esbjerg fB.

It ends a five-year spell on Newcastle's books for the 21-year-old.

Sorensen had been tipped for big things at St James' Park but never managed to make the first-team breakthrough.

And nor was his quest for first-team experience on loan a success when he came to Carlisle in the 2019/20 season.

Sorensen was signed by former boss Steven Pressley in August 2019.

But he managed only four starts and eight sub appearances without scoring.

And his season-long spell was cut short as Sorensen returned to Newcastle that December.

The Denmark Under-19 and Under-21 striker, who had previously been on loan with Blackpool, went on loan to Dutch outfit Almere City last season.

Esbjerg director Paul Conway - not the ex-Carlisle midfielder of the same name - welcomed Sorensen's arrival, describing him as "a skilled striker that we are happy and excited to bring back to Danish football.

"We are convinced that he will be a popular player in EfB."

Sorensen last year opened up about the mental health challenges he had suffered during his time at Blackpool and towards the end of his spell with the Blues.

Speaking to the Chronicle, he cited the departure of Pressley as a reason for his struggle to make his mark at Brunton Park.

The Scot was sacked in autumn 2019, with Chris Beech appointed in his stead and leading United away from relegation trouble.

"A new face [Beech] came in with new opinions, and he rated the other strikers more highly than me, which is fair enough," Sorensen said.

"I felt like after he came in, I never got a chance. I was doing well in the cups, getting assists, and I was playing right wing all the time.

“Even off the pitch, I was much better mentally and I really enjoyed my time at Carlisle. But I went there to play football, not enjoy my life."