Barlaser Signs Professional Contract
Written by Newcastle Utd
Teenage midfielder Daniel Barlaser has signed his first professional contract at Newcastle United
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Teenage midfielder Daniel Barlaser has signed his first professional contract at Newcastle United.
The 18-year-old, who can play in a central role or out wide, has put pen to paper on a long-term deal at St. James' Park, following in the footsteps of teammate Callum Roberts, who also agreed terms last month.
Gateshead-born Barlaser has been with the Club since the age of nine and signed a two-year scholarship at the Little Benton Academy in 2013.
Since then, the Turkish under-17 international has gone on to become a regular in Peter Beardsley's under-21 side and was part of the first team matchday squad for December's Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at Tottenham Hotspur.
Barlaser - a former Charles Thorp Comprehensive School pupil - said: "I'm really proud and happy to sign for my local club, who I have supported all my life.
"I think I've played quite well this season and have played more games than anyone else at under-21 level.
"Being involved in the first team a couple of times has been really good as well, and I want to thank all my family and friends for getting me where I am."
Newcastle United head coach John Carver added: "Dan has been excellent this season, both for the under-21s and in the FA Youth Cup and fully deserves his first professional contract.
"He is real box-to-box midfielder who is good on the ball, and has benefited from regularly training with the first team group.
"Dan is a local lad and a really nice kid who is always keen to learn and improve his game. We hope he continues to progress."
To watch an exclusive interview with Dan Barlaser, log on to nufcTV later this evening.