By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Two Newcastle United youngsters returned to their former club earlier this week to help open a brand new training facility.
Michael Richardson, aged 20, and Michael Riley, 18, paid a visit to Walker Central Football Club, who are now the proud owners of a £300,000 4G floodlit training surface.
Reserve team midfielder Richardson played there for two years before being snapped up by the Magpies, while Riley represented Walker from the age of eight to 13.
Work on the facility began back in March, when United brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi visited the site, and in the space of five months it has been transformed.
Richardson said: "It's great to come back and see all the old faces who are here. The new pitch looks fantastic and will be terrific for the local community
"I still keep in touch with them as it was they helped me get to Newcastle and helped me get my trial, so I'm very grateful for that."
And Riley added: "Having a training pitch like this is fantastic. It will be great, not only for the club, but for the whole area and a lot of hard work has gone in to making this possible."