Player recently released by Newcastle United joins Champions League competing club

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The former Newcastle United striker has quickly found a new club.

Isaac Westendorf has joined Northern Ireland champions Larne FC following his release from Newcastle United.

The striker was among eight players let go by the Magpies last month and will immediately go from playing under-21s football to the Champions League.

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Larne face Finish outfit HJK Helsinki in the first round qualifying with the first leg taking place on Wednesday, July 12.

“It feels great to be here and I’m delighted to have got everything sorted and sign,” said Westendorf.

“I had a good time at Newcastle, gaining a lot of experience training with the first team and I want to push myself now in men’s football, so that’s a big thing for me.

“Everyone dreams of playing in the Champions League. It’s a big thing for the club and I’m delighted to be a big part of it against Helsinki.

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“I had offers from elsewhere, but the offer was there to come here and have a look and I’m glad I did because I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”

While Westendorf failed to make a first-team appearance during his 18 months on Tyneside, the 22-year-old was one of several under-21s players to train with Eddie Howe’s team on the odd occasion.

Westendorf, who previously played in non-league for Isthmian League North Division side Barking FC, thanked United “for everything” in a recent heartfelt message.

“My time at NUFC has come to an end, and I would like to thank everyone involved,” Westendorf posted on Twitter.

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“Thanks to all the coaches and teammates I’ve had, thank you for the experience of being part of this wonderful football club, and fulfilling my dream to become a pro.

“It’s time to kick on and get regular football elsewhere. I wish the club nothing but success next season and (in) the future. Thanks Newcastle for everything.

“Ready for my new chapter. Thank you @NUFC gan canny, man.”

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