Newcastle have confirmed that midfield prospect Elliot Anderson has agreed a new long-term contract with the club.
The Whitley Bay-born 19-year-old has come through the club’s youth system and has become a part of Eddie Howe’s first-team squad this season.
Having starred on-loan at Bristol Rovers last season, he returned in the summer and impressed Howe and his coaching stuff.
Newcastle rejected more than half a dozen offers to take Anderson on loan this summer, with Howe insisting he wanted him to stay.
Upon signing his new deal, Anderson told the club’s website: “I’m really happy. I love playing for Newcastle United, and committing my future to the club is something I’ve really wanted to do.
“It was my aim coming back into pre-season to work hard and earn the opportunity to stick around. I have really enjoyed being with the first team group, so hopefully I can keep improving and contribute to the team.”
Howe added: “We are all delighted with Elliot’s development. He is a natural talent, but he also has an excellent work ethic and always wants to learn.
“I know our supporters will be especially pleased to see another local boy coming through from the Academy into the first team. Elliot has earned that chance, and he has set a great example to our young players.
“He is just at the start of his journey at this level but he has a very exciting future ahead and we are delighted that his journey will continue here.”