Shane Ferguson

 

Name: Shane Ferguson
Squad number: 31
Nationality: Northern Irish
Born: 12th July, 1991, Derry, Northern Ireland
Height: 174cm
Weight: 71kg
Previous clubs: Derry City (youth)
Signed: July 2009 from youth
Newcastle United debut: 25th August, 2010 v Accrington Stanley (away), Carling Cup
Position: Midfielder

 

 

Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson has come up through the ranks on Tyneside to become an established member of Newcastle United's first team squad.

 

The left-sided player, who is just as comfortable on the wing as in his normal full-back role, impressed for the Club's junior sides before being handed his Reserve team debut against Sunderland in September 2008.

 

After featuring in the first team's pre-season friendlies of the summer of 2010, Ferguson made his senior United debut in the League Cup tie at Accrington late in August. He then played in the next round of the competition, away at Chelsea, and caught the eye as the Magpies triumphed 4-3. 

 

That season was Ferguson's breakthrough year, with his first taste of Premier League football coming on 5th January, 2011, as a substitute against West Ham. His maiden top flight start followed three months later in a comfortable win over Wolves.

 

And the young star was rewarded at the end of the campaign with a new five-year contract.

 

 

Early Days

Ferguson was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, and played youth football for Derry City. Having completed his GCSEs at St. Mary's School in Limavady, he moved to the North-East to join Newcastle United's Academy.

 

 

International Career

Having been capped for Northern Ireland at various youth levels, Ferguson made his Under 21 debut in November 2008 in a 3-1 victory against Scotland at Hamilton.

 

And he didn't have to wait too long for his senior bow, which came in June 2009 as a late substitute in Pisa as the Irish went down 3-0 to Italy. Ferguson was just 17 years and 329 days old.

 

The youngster helped Northern Ireland's Under 19s qualify for the 2010 European Championships, and was included in the senior squad for new manager Michael O'Neill's first game in charge in February 2012.