By Dan King
Michael Richardson and Ryan Donaldson have both been offered contract extensions at Newcastle United with their current deals due to expire this summer.
The Newcastle-born pair both figured on the bench under Alan Pardew last season and put in some impressive performances for the Reserves.
Richardson arrived at St. James' Park last summer, orginally on trial from non-league Walker Central, and had previously been working as an electrician for Newcastle City Council. He earned a one-year contract on the back of his pre-season displays and forced his way into the first-team picture in February, when he was named on the bench at Fulham.
Several more appearances among the substitutes in the Barclays Premier League followed for the 19-year-old, and the club have acted to keep him on Tyneside.
Donaldson, a former England under-19 international, has graduated from the Academy and won a Coca-Cola Championship medal after appearing on a handful of occasions from the bench as United were promoted in 2009/10.
Last season he started the Carling Cup win at Accrington but suffered an injury just days before Pardew's arrival. He was then loaned to League One Hartlepool before returning to United and looking sharp in the Reserves' final games. Now 20, he is capable of playing in midfield or attack.
However, teenager Aaron Spear has left the club by mutual consent.
Midfielder Patrick McLaughlin and defenders Dan Leadbitter and Matthew Grieve will also leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.