Newcastle United announce two-year contract for midfielder after reaching loan agreement

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Newcastle United’s first departure on transfer deadline day has been confirmed.

Lucas De Bolle will spend the 2022-23 season on loan at Scottish side Hamilton Academical after signing a new two-year contract at Newcastle United.

The 19-year-old, who has been on the club’s books since 2015, made his non-competitive Magpies debut during the 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Athletic Bilbao in July.

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The midfielder was a regular for Elliot Dickman’s second string last season having previously excelled in the under-18s set-up.

United have rewarded De Bolle with a new contract as he heads north of the border for the first senior loan of his career.

Lucas De Bolle signs new deal ahead of Hamilton loan

“I’m very happy to sign my new deal at a club where I have played for the last six years and the club me and my family have always supported,” De Bolle told nufc.co.uk.

“I have always dreamt of playing in the Premier League with Newcastle and this contract is a step in that direction and hopefully in the future I can do that.

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“I am very pleased to sign with Hamilton on loan. I feel like I have had a good pre-season and going on loan now will be great for me to gain experience playing in mens’ professional football and being around a first-team environment all the time.

“This experience I will get with Hamilton at my age will be important for the rest of my career.”

Hamilton, managed by former Dundee United and Hibernian midfielder John Rankin, finished sixth in the Scottish Championship last season.

Speaking on Wednesday, Rankin confirmed De Bolle’s arrival was imminent. He said: “There is a good chance we will get Lucas de Bolle from Newcastle.

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“He’s a young midfielder, a Scotland under-21 international, who has caught the eye and he’s one we feel can improve us.

“That’s one we should be doing in the next day or so. He will come in and that’s one we are excited about that.

“It’s one we’ve been working on. We weren’t able to get it over the line before his head knock obviously.

“Such is luck, Lucas took that knock and he has been delayed on his return to play with the protocols that are in place with concussion.

“He’s had to do his time and we had to make sure he met all the medical requirements before he come up and play.”

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