Newcastle United release former Tottenham & Celtic players as farewell messages issued

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Several players are being released from Newcastle United’s academy this summer.

A number of academy players are leaving Newcastle United this summer with some already posting a farewell message on social media.

Last week, young strikers Kyle Crossley and Michael Ndiweni confirmed their departures. Crossley had been on the books at Little Benton for five years while Ndiweni leaves almost six months after making his Premier League debut against Chelsea.

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Now, goalkeeper Jude Smith and left-back Jordan Hackett are the latest players to announce they are leaving.

Former Celtic youngster Smith joined the Magpies from Scottish League Two side East Fife two years ago. The 20-year-old featured in the EFL Trophy and Premier League while also gaining valuable senior experience, either through training or travelling with Eddie Howe’s squad.

Positing on Instagram, Smith said: “Big thanks to all the @nufc staff and my teammates over the last 2 years, been full of ups and downs and made memories to last a lifetime been a pleasure. Howay the lads ⚫️⚪️.”

Meanwhile, Hammersmith-born Hackett signed a professional contract with Newcastle when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2022. The 20-year-old was regular for the under-21s but never came close to making a first-team appearance.

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Hackett wrote: “Been a pleasure @nufc Thank you to all staff and my teammates for making it an enjoyable experience onto the next journey🖤🤍.”

More departures are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Dylan Stephenson spent the second-half of the season on loan at National League North side South Shields before helping the young Magpies win the Northumberland Senior Cup last week.

Amadou Diallo and Lucas De Bolle are also set to leave, despite being included in Howe’s 29-man squad for exhibition matches against Tottenham Hotspur and the A-League All Stars this week.

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