The 21 year old started the 3-1 win against Birmingham City in the FA Cup third round back in January, and he says it is a real compliment that a manager of the calibre of Rafa Benitez chose to play him. He told the Shields Gazette:
“For a man like Rafa to even select you for a match fills you with a lot of confidence that you didn’t have before. But you can’t dwell on that performance or one good day. It’s about moving on and getting there regularly, not as a one-off.”
Findlay hasn’t featured for the first team since then but he has been an important part of Peter Beardsley’s Under 23 side which recently secured their place in the Premier League 2 promotion playoffs.
The former Scottish Under 21 star moved from Celtic at the start of the season after spending seven years as a youth player at the Scottish club. He had offers from Scottish clubs after being released last summer but he felt he could not turn down the opportunity of moving to St James’ Park.