‘Gan canny’ - Newcastle United striker announces departure with heartfelt message

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The striker sent a message to Newcastle United following his release.

Isaac Westendorf has posted a heartfelt message to Newcastle United as he prepares for pastures new.

The striker was among eight players released by the Magpies on Wednesday, including senior pair Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark.

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While Westendorf failed to make a first-team appearance during his 18 months on Tyneside, he was one of several under-21s players to train with Eddie Howe’s team on the odd occasion.

The 22-year-old, who previously played in non-league for Isthmian League North Division side Barking FC, thanked United “for everything” as he begins his search for regular senior football.

“My time at NUFC has come to an end, and I would like to thank everyone involved,” Westendorf posted on Twitter.

“Thanks to all the coaches and teammates I’ve had, thank you for the experience of being part of this wonderful football club, and fulfilling my dream to become a pro.

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“It’s time to kick on and get regular football elsewhere. I wish the club nothing but success next season and (in) the future. Thanks Newcastle for everything.

“Ready for my new chapter. Thank you @NUFC gan canny, man.”

Harry Barclay, Niall Brookwell, Dan Langley, Joe Oliver, Josh Stewart, Isaac Westendorf, Beau Beresford, Steven Bessent, Lucas Cooper, Callum McNally and Nathan Nkunku were the other players to be released from the academy.

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