Harrison Ashby signs!
Second signing confirmed! Harrison Ashby is the latest arrival through the door at St James’ Park. The Scottish youngster has joined us from fellow Premier League side West Ham United for an undisclosed fee expected to be in the region of £3million including add-ons.
Harrison was just nine years old when he joined West Ham United and is the son of former defender Barry Ashby who played for Watford, Brentford and Gillingham before finishing his career at Welling United.
Ashby has featured for the West Ham senior side in Premier League and European Cup competitions represented his national side at U-17’s & U-19’s, he received his first call up to the U21 side on the 23rd September 2020. Less than a month later he scored his first goal at U-21 level as Scotland won away to San Marino 6-0 in the Euro 21 qualifiers.
His new Head coach Eddie Howe has said “Harrison is a very talented young player with a lot of potential so we are delighted to sign him. He has very good attributes so we are looking forward to working with him in this exciting new chapter of his career.”
After putting pen to paper on a long term contract, Ashby sat down with NUFCTV and said “I could not be happier. I can’t get the smile off my face and it’s a proud day for me and my family. I’m buzzing to come to the game tonight, to meet the fans and get a taste of the atmosphere”. He finishes by saying “I wouldn’t be here today without West Ham, so I thank all the coaches that I had from growing up to now, but I’m delighted to be here.”
Eddie Howe and his recruitment staff have pulled off another blinder here. He may be just 21years old but he has everything what Newcastle are looking for in their players. He’s passionate, he wants to get to know the culture about the city and he wants to learn from some of the best players in the league and Europe. He has already stated that he is looking forward to working with the gaffer and has set his sights on taking over the reigns from Kieran Trippier and making history in the famous Black & White stripes. He’s not too shabby at free kicks either which also comes in handy. Definitely one to keep an eye on.