'Buzzing' - 19-year-old forward reacts to joining Newcastle United squad after loan switch

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
The 19-year-old is in line to make his Newcastle United debut - 18 months after joining.

Garang Kuol says he is “buzzing” to have joined up with Newcastle United’s first-team squad for their post-season tour of Australia.

Newcastle face Tottenham Hotspur at the Melbourne Cricket Ground this morning (kick-off 10:45am BST) before going up against the A-League All Stars on Friday (kick-off 08:05am BST). And Kuol is in line to make his non-competitive debut having linked up with United’s squad fresh from his season-long loan spell at FC Volendam.

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The Magpies signed the Australia international from Central Coast Mariners in January 2023 less than a month after he became the youngest player since Pele in 1958 to feature in the World Cup knockout stages. He was immediately loaned to Scottish Premiership side Hearts before spending the 2023-24 campaign at Dutch outfit Volendam.

Newcastle United winger Garang Kuol. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Newcastle United winger Garang Kuol. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Newcastle United winger Garang Kuol. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The 19-year-old, however, has struggled for game time at both clubs. In Scotland, Kuol amassed 197 minutes of league action. And in the Netherlands, he last played a competitive match in November, starting just eight of his 15 league appearances and scoring once.

After a tough beginning to life in Europe, Kuol has the opportunity to impress Eddie Howe.

“To be back in Australia is great, I’m buzzing to be back and especially with Newcastle as well - the team I signed for a couple of years ago,” Kuol said. “I can’t really put it into words.

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“Obviously I have a lot of siblings and all of us are athletic, like to run around and kick a ball. My story just started like that and I followed the dream.

“The hardest part was for my parents because they sacrificed a lot to help me and my brothers be able to play every week, driving us to Melbourne, paying for our fares - I’m grateful to them.”

Kuol added: My journey with the national team started with the first-team. I was never actually called into the youth teams. My first call-up was with the first-team against New Zealand which was something I always dreamed about as a child.

“Things happen so quickly and that was what happened in my case, it just came so quick. It’s a special feeling.”

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“Playing at MCG [Melbourne Cricket Ground] will be unreal. It’s a stadium that I’ve gone to as a school student on little field trips. Five, 10 years later to be potentially playing there, you can’t write that script.”

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