Newcastle United have confirmed that defender Kelland Watts has signed a new contract to extend his stay at St James’ Park.
The Magpies announced via their official website on Thursday that Watts, 20, has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at his boyhood club.
Watts is currently on loan at League Two side Stevenage and has made 18 appearances across all competitions this season, playing in a variety of different positions including centre-back, defensive midfield and on the left-wing.
Watts seems to be one of the more promising young players that Newcastle have out on loan at the moment and based on how other loan spells have gone in the last year or so, it is great to see the 20-year-old earning plenty of game-time. Players like Elias Sorenson have been loaned out without much luck but Watts is growing and growing as a player with each appearance he makes for Stevenage. Although the Boro are not doing very well in League Two, it is still good that Watts is playing regularly and that may be one of the main factors in him being offered this new contract at Newcastle. It remains to be seen whether or not the England Under-19 international, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday, breaks into the first-team on Tyneside but the signs at the moment are promising. Except for the Longstaff brothers, Newcastle have not exactly developed many young players from their academy in recent years.