Newcastle United confirm outgoing loan deal ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline

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The youngster will get a chance to impress at senior level for the first time.

Newcastle United youngster Niall Brookwell has secured the first loan move of his career after joining National League North promotion contenders Darlington for the remainder of the season.

The former Liverpool academy - who is out of contract at the end of the season - moved to Tyneside in the summer of 2020 and has been a regular feature at Under-21s level over the last two and a half years. However, he will now get an opportunity to test himself at a senior level as he joins Darlington’s bid for promotion into the National League.

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The 20-year-old will work under former Magpies youngster Alun Armstrong during his time at Blackwell Meadows and the Quakers boss has revealed it was a case of third-time lucky in securing a deal for Brookwell.

Niall Brookwell of Newcastle United U21 reacts during the Papa John's Trophy match between Barnsley and Newcastle United U21 at Oakwell Stadium on September 20, 2022 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Niall Brookwell of Newcastle United U21 reacts during the Papa John's Trophy match between Barnsley and Newcastle United U21 at Oakwell Stadium on September 20, 2022 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Niall Brookwell of Newcastle United U21 reacts during the Papa John's Trophy match between Barnsley and Newcastle United U21 at Oakwell Stadium on September 20, 2022 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“I’ve known about him for a little while and I tried to bring him in last season but they weren’t allowing him out. We revisited it again in the summer but they wanted to keep him for the Under-23s and this time they need him out and they want him to play men’s football.

“His contract is up (in the summer). We’ve had a good look at him, he’s got a good stature, he plays the ball really well, he plays in multiple positions which is one of the main reasons I wanted to bring him in. He’s been a centre-half, centre midfielder and right-back, it’s a massive bonus having someone like that.

“It’s a massive opportunity for the kid so hopefully he will come in and really enjoy it. Technically, he’s a very good footballer.”

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Speaking about his season so far and his aims for his time with the Quakers, Brookwell said: " I’ve had a good start to the season, a good six months, and I just feel like it's time to push on and get some senior game-time under my belt.

“I have played most of the games this season, I've enjoyed it and I felt like I've been doing well. Promotion is what we are looking to achieve for the rest of the season.”

Brookwell could make his first appearance for Darlington when they host Southport on Tuesday night.

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