Callum Roberts reveals his joy and pain at Newcastle debut

MIXED EMOTIONS ... Callum Roberts on his debut.
MIXED EMOTIONS ... Callum Roberts on his debut.

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.”