Newcastle United have confirmed that they have signed Isaac Hayden on a five-year deal.
The 21-year-old came up through the Arsenal Academy, captained the under-21s and made a couple of appearances in the League Cup before spending last season on loan at Hull City.
His experience in the Championship should stand him in good stead for the challenges ahead at St James’ Park where Rafa Benitez is trying to inject his squad with youth.
Speaking about his move to the North East, Hayden told Newcastle’s official website:
“Newcastle is a massive football club and to be given the opportunity to come here and progress my career is fantastic,” said Hayden.
“Being at Arsenal was a great experience, I learnt a lot there and have a lot to thank them for, but I needed to move on and so when Newcastle came in for me I jumped at the chance.
“I am still young but I want to get as many games under my belt as I can and help the team bounce back to the Premier League.”
There were also warm words from Benitez: “Isaac is a young, strong English player with fantastic potential but also with some experience already of the Championship. We welcome him to the Club.”
Good luck to Isaac, no doubt we’ll see him in the Premier League sooner rather than later.