Premier League football prospect Joe White has continued a family tradition by earning his first professional deal.

The talented midfielder, from Carlisle, has agreed senior terms with Newcastle United having been with the Magpies for the last three years.

White, previously with Carlisle’s youth set-up, is the grandson of Peter Hampton, the former Blues player and physio and ex-Workington Reds manager who also played for Leeds, Stoke, Burnley and Rochdale.

White, speaking to Newcastle’s website, said he was thrilled to make the step up.

He said: “With my granddad being a professional footballer, he’s been a massive part in helping me to achieve this first professional contract.

“Both grandads, and my dad especially, have been quick to tell me what I haven’t done so well every week - but they’re also supportive and watch my games, whether it’s online or coming to the games.”

White said his professional breakthrough is also a reward for mum Fiona and dad Jamie for the support they have given during his fledgling career.

The midfielder has impressed for Newcastle’s under-18 side and has also featured for their under-23s in the Trophy.

The former Trinity School pupil, who had been with Carlisle from the age of eight, has also trained with Steve Bruce’s senior squad.

Bruce recently named White as one of the top-rated young players coming through the ranks at St James’ Park.