Newcastle United star open to summer exit as exodus continues

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Newcastle United young star Elliot Anderson has spoken about his short-term future at Newcastle United.

Elliot Anderson is open to leaving Newcastle United on loan again this summer - if that is what Eddie Howe decides is best for his development.

The 19-year-old is currently in Austria with Howe’s first team after returning from his hugely successful loan spell at Bristol Rovers.

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Anderson scored eight goals in 21 appearances after joining Rovers in January, which included a promotion-clinching header in a 7-0 win over Scunthorpe on the final day.

Howe revealed during the latter stages of last term his wish to assess Anderson in pre-season as he flourished for Joey Barton’s League One side.

Newcastle United young star Elliot Anderson. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)Newcastle United young star Elliot Anderson. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Newcastle United young star Elliot Anderson. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images) | Getty Images

And the Magpies head coach has stayed true to his word - handing Anderson the opening 45 minutes in the friendly win over Gateshead before taking the 19-year-old to Austria.

Anderson, speaking from United’s resort near Salzburg, described pre-season as a “free hit” with the attacking midfielder open to another loan move.

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Elliot Anderson his short-term future at Newcastle

He said: “I’ve just got to try and impress as much as I can really, and do my best. I’ve got to try and compete for a place around the team and see how I can do.

“I think not trying too hard to do that (is important) - just do your stuff, and see if you catch an eye, and work as hard as you can.

“It’s kind of like a free hit - I’ll give it my best shot, and if they think I need another season out (on loan), I’m happy to do that. Whatever’s best for me.

“I’d say for me, probably playing games is the most important thing, to be honest - carrying on my run that I have, and just trying to keep striving.

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“Hopefully that’s here, or if it’s somewhere else on loan, I’ll be giving it my all.”

The Whitley Bay-born teenager is set to play a part in games against 1860 Munich and Mainz 05 before United jet out to Portugal to face Benfica.

A number of Championship and League One clubs have registered their interest in signing Anderson.

Three players have already left St James’ Park to join second-tier clubs this summer. Freddie Woodman joined Preston North End, Isaac Hayden moved to Norwich City and Jeff Hendrick linked up with Reading on loan.

Meanwhile, Ciaran Clark is on the verge of joining Sheffield United on loan for the season.

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