CALLUM Roberts told of his “pride” after achieving his lifelong ambition of playing for Newcastle United.
Roberts came off the bench in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Leicester City.
But the 17-year-old admitted to mixed emotions after the final whistle given the result.
“It was a proud day for me and my family – I’ve always wanted to make my debut – but it was obviously a bad result,” Roberts told the Gazette.
“This is what all young kids dream about – making your debut for Newcastle. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”
North Shields-born Roberts replaced Haris Vuckic with 11 minutes left on the clock.
He added: “I was nervous, but then my nerves calmed, and when JC (caretaker manager John Carver) told me to get ready, I was buzzing. I was more buzzing than I was nervous, and I had to stay calm on the pitch.”
Roberts is now hoping for more opportunities.
“Hopefully, I’ll get another chance,” he said. “It’s been a good season. Hopefully, I can keep pushing on.”