Rolando Aarons

Name: Rolando Aarons
Nationality: Jamaican
Born: 16th November 1995, Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 5ft 9ins
Weight: 67kgs
Under-18s debut: 27th April 2012 v Middlesbrough (home), Premier Academy League
Position: Midfielder

A tricky and direct winger who can play on either flank or behind a main striker, Rolando arrived on Tyneside towards the end of the 2011/12 season from Bristol City, initially on trial. After impressing during training and on his debut against Middlesbrough, he was offered a scholarship for the current season.

Born in Jamaica, Aarons moved to the South-East of England as a child and supports Manchester United. His favourite Newcastle player is Hatem Ben Arfa while Cristiano Ronaldo is the player who he looks up to the most.

Blessed with the ability to take players on and beat them, he aims to get stronger and faster in the months ahead and continue to improve all aspects of his game.

Made his under-21 debut against Stoke in February 2013 and scored his first goal at that level against Crystal Palace later that month in only his second appearance.