Newcastle United confirm fifth summer signing as Eddie Howe plays ‘big’ part in deal
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Newcastle United have confirmed the arrival of young full-back Jordan Hackett.
Hackett spent time on trial with Elliott Dickman’s under-23s in May and featured in a 3-2 friendly victory against Rangers B.
According to the Spurs website, Hackett made 22 appearances for their under-18s side over the last two seasons and continued to be a regular feature in the side as they finished in ninth place in the South Division table during the current campaign.
After representing England at under-16s level, he earned a maiden call-up to the under-18s squad in March 2021 and made a ten-minute appearance as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Wales.
Jordan Hackett reacts to Newcastle United move
Hackett told NUFC.co.uk: “When I was here on trial for the week, I really enjoyed it! The lads have made me feel welcome from the first day I stepped into the building.
“It was a hard decision to move away from London - my mum didn’t like it - but you have to do what you have to do to make a career in the game and I think this is the best decision for myself.
“I like Eddie Howe - he’s a good manager who knows what he’s doing - and he likes younger players. He was a big factor in joining the club because if I do well, he will take a look at me or think about using me.
“I also felt like I needed a change from London. I knew everything in the city and was getting too comfortable. I like being out of the comfort zone in order to push myself.
“It’s a good feeling to sign a contract at such a big, prestigious club. It’s going to be a challenge for me but a one I’m looking forward to.”
Hackett becomes the club’s fifth summer signing, joining Irish defender Alex Murphy - from Galway United - in the second string’s ranks, while Matt Targett, Nick Pope and Sven Botman, of course, link up with Howe’s first-team.