Newcastle United issue official squad update as 19-year-old signing set for debut

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Newcastle United have included the 19-year-old in their squad for the post-season visit to Australia.

Newcastle United have officially confirmed Garang Kuol’s place in the squad for next week’s trip to Australia.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at FC Volendam but is due to fly Down Under when the Eredivisie campaign comes to an end on Sunday - the same day Newcastle conclude their Premier League season away to Brentford.

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As part of 'Global Football Week’ in Melbourne, Newcastle take on Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur next Wednesday at the world-famous MCG before facing the A-League All Stars two days later at the Marvel Stadium.

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Kuol, who will be hoping to make his Newcastle debut, represented the A-League All Stars during his time at Central Coast Mariners, featuring against La Liga giants Barcelona where he earned praise from manager Xavi Hernandez.

“He did really well,” Xavi said. “He created many chances and almost scored. Seventeen)?… Maybe he’s a big liar! At (17), that’s unbelievable. All the best for him, and all the players.”

Two years on and the Australia international has struggled to fulfil his full promise. After joining Newcastle in January 2023, he was immediately loaned to Scottish Premiership side Hearts but amassed just 197 minutes of league action.

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Kuol then joined Dutch side FC Volendam on loan for the 2023-24 season but the teenager has started just eight of his 15 league appearances, scoring once. He hasn’t played for Volendam since November and has missed the past two league matches due to an unknown injury.

The winger’s inclusion will allow Eddie Howe to get a first-hand look ahead of making a decision on his future this summer.

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