Newcastle United confirm fifth summer signing as Eddie Howe plays ‘big’ part in deal

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Newcastle United have bolstered their academy ranks with the arrival of Jordan Hackett from Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle United have confirmed the arrival of young full-back Jordan Hackett.

The 18-year-old joins the Magpies following his release from Tottenham Hotspur and puts pen to paper on a professional contract.

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Hackett spent time on trial with Elliott Dickman’s under-23s in May and featured in a 3-2 friendly victory against Rangers B.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) | Getty Images

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.

The Hammersmith-born defender opened up on his “difficult” decision to leave London for the North East, and revealed how head coach Eddie Howe was a “big factor” in why he joined.

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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.

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“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.

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