Newcastle United central midfielder Elliot Anderson has been handed a long-term deal after manager Steve Bruce was left impressed by his displays during training.
The youngster has been involved in the first-team training sessions and he looks set to remain in the senior team fold for the rest of the 2020/21 season.
“I think if you haven’t seen one goal in particular he scored the other night against Bolton, I think it’s worth having a look at,” Bruce said as quoted by Shields Gazette.
“We’ve had him now, for the past three or four weeks training with us with the problems we’ve had in the midfield area with Isaac (Hayden), Jonjo (Shelvey) and Matty Ritchie.
“In those three weeks, he’s made us all smile and give us something to be excited about because he looks a very, very good player, the kid. We hope he keeps improving."
Anderson – who was on the bench for the club’s Carabao Cup tie against Newport County earlier this season – could make a first-team appearance before the end of the campaign.
“He can only improve playing and jumping up with us,” said Bruce. “He’ll stay with us. He’s not going back to the Academy. He’ll train us every day. We’re delighted with him, He’s been a breath of fresh air, it’s great to see.
“If he keeps performing the way he is it’s inevitable he’ll get his chance. He’s done very well.”