Ex-Newcastle United trialist handed second chance at professional contract

Former Newcastle United trialist Cedwyn Scott is set to be handed a second chance to earn a move into the professional game.
St James's Park, home of Newcastle United.St James's Park, home of Newcastle United.
St James's Park, home of Newcastle United.

The Hebburn Town striker spent the last four weeks training with Newcastle United Under-23s and made three appearances for the Magpies second string during that time.

Last weekend brought confirmation that United had opted against offering him a contract, despite Scott making a good impression on the coaching staff over the last month.

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A number of EFL clubs are believed to have watched the 21-goal striker as he raced to the top of the Ebac Northern League goalscoring charts during a blistering start to the new season.

Sunderland and Morecambe have dispatched scouts to the Green Energy Sports Ground to assess the striker in person – but it is SkyBet League Two club Carlisle United that have made the next official move for the former Dunston UTS player.

Scott – who turns 22 this weekend - will be in the Hebburn Town squad that takes on North Shields in the FA Vase second round on Saturday – but he will then spend next week training with the Cumbrians’ first-team.

Hornets manager Kevin Bolam told The Gazette: “Cedwyn had a lockdown period with Newcastle and he had the benefit of a number of extra training sessions.

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“We want to help him to the next stage, but we want these clubs to help us too.

“Newcastle did that and they were excellent with both Cedwyn and with our club.

“Now we want other clubs to take that care with him and with ourselves.

“Cedwyn absolutely loves it with us, he knows there is a Wembley trip around the corner for him.

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“Maybe he could finish the season with us and then go somewhere else next season – we will have to wait and see.

“He is going to Carlisle United to train with the first-team next week and we know that there are other Football League and National League clubs are interested in looking at him.

“We don’t mind doing what we can to help Cedwyn – but we want the clubs to make sure we are supported by them.”