Adam Campbell - photo by Victor Fraile of The Power of Sport Images for HKFC

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Under-18s Coach Dave Watson was beaming after Adam Campbell made his first-team debut against Cardiff on Saturday - even though the striker's rapid progress could mean he is rarely available at Academy level next season.

Campbell came on for the closing stages of the friendly defeat in South Wales and wasted no time in showing his quality with a thrilling cameo which saw him lay on chances for Romain Amalfitano and Haris Vuckic.

Alan Pardew praised the 17-year-old's performance despite seeing his side lose 4-1 and ex-England defender Watson was not surprised to see him make such a positive impact.

Last season, the youngster helped United's youngsters win the Premier Academy League Group D title and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup, while this summer he won the player of the tournament after six goals in five games as Newcastle lost in the final of the Milk Cup to Desportivo Brazil.

North Shields-born Campbell has been with the Magpies since 2002 and is another product of Joe Joyce's successful Academy set-up, which has seen the likes of Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and James Tavernier break into the senior squad over the last couple of seasons.

And Watson told nufc.co.uk: "I'm delighted for the lad. He's worked hard and he deserves it.

"He's a great trainer who gives 100 per cent in every session and every match, and he's very talented as well.

"It goes to show, if you keep on working hard you will get recognised and it's really good that the manager has given him this experience to play for the first-team."