North-East latest: Newcastle star hints at exit; Pickford aiming to get noticed

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Rob Elliot hints at exit

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has admitted that he may have to leave the club in search of first team football.

The stopper has been back-up to Tim Krul for a number of seasons now and he says that he has grown frustrated waiting for his chance.

He said: "It's been really tough and I've been a bit frustrated.

“I don’t want to just get the tag of being a No.2 keeper. You get times when you think ‘I need to play’.

“I love it at Newcastle but I want to play football. I hope it is at Newcastle but if it’s not, it’s not.”

Rolando Aarons’ youth coach praises his attitude

Rolando Aarons’ former youth-coach at Bristol City has praised his attitude from a young age.

Aarons came through the youth academy at the Robins before moving to Newcastle United, where he has gone on to impress at this season, and his former coach, Dave McGibbon says that he always knew the youngster was destined to make it to the top.

"I used to call him Big Time Charlie because he wasn't like that at all – he has his feet on the ground,” McGibbon said to the Bristol Post.

"Some of the lads have stayed in touch with him – he's a grounded individual.

"We knew he was good enough to play in the Premier League – we could see that in him.”

Santiago Vergini delighted with Ricky Alvarez signing

Santiago Vergini knows Sunderland newboy Ricky Alvarez better the most and says that he will be an excellent capture for the club.

The pair played together at youngsters during their time plying their trade in Argentina and Vergini says he is delighted to have a reunion with his former teammate on Wearside.

“Ricky is a player that I know very well from playing in the youth teams at Velez Sarsfield,” he said to the club’s official site.

“He is technically very good, he has great physical potential and he can get up and down the field so I believe he will bring a lot to the team.”

Jordan Pickford wants Sunderland future

Sunderland prospect Jordan Pickford is aiming to impress enough on his loan spell at Bradford City to force his way into contention at the Stadium of Light.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper has done well with the Bantams so far this season and is regarded as one of the Premier League side's biggest hopes for the future. 

He now wants to convince the Black Cats' hierarchy that he is ready for the step-up, by proving himself at League One level.

“I want to do well for myself, it’s about my own development as a player," he said. "Hopefully one day it works out for me when I get back to Sunderland, whether that’s next season or whenever.”

Ryan Brobbel set for international recognition

Middlesbrough youngster Ryan Brobbel’s fine form whilst on loan at Hartlepool United has not gone unnoticed, it would seem.

The winger is set to play a part for Northern Ireland under-21’s later today, when they take on Serbia, and he will be hoping to carry his club form into the international fixture.

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