Newcastle prospect Jamie Sterry reflects on making Magpies debut in bittersweet circumstances

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The 20-year-old featured in the club's final game in the Premier League.

Jamie Sterry admitted that it was incredible to be given the opportunity to make his Newcastle debut during the club's game against Tottenham on the final day of the Premier League season, the Chronicle reports.

After being on the bench on a number of occasions this term, the 20-year-old made his first-team bow with six minutes remaining of the Magpies' contest with Spurs at St James' Park.

And while the season has been a hugely disappointing one for Tyneside, and Sterry personally due to the number of injuries he has picked up, the youngster claimed that his debut - much like the result as Rafael Benitez's men beat the high-flyers 5-1 - made it an amazing final day.

"It was an incredible feeling. I waited a long time but it was worth it once I got out there," he told the Chronicle.

"This season I have worked really hard but got injured at the wrong times. I didn't play for 10 to 12 weeks after getting injured in the Under-21s.

"It's probably my fault because I asked to play in every game for 50 minutes to keep pushing on. But my debut the best feeling I've had."

With the club potentially preparing for some of their established players to move on this summer, the right-back may reflect on their relegation to the Championship as an opportunity rather than a setback. 

Sterry is more likely to receive more regular opportunities in the second tier than if Newcastle had remained in the top flight. 

And with their relegation allowing them to wipe the slate clean and almost start again - rather than continue only being to tweak a squad that is destined to battle for survival year upon year - he could become an important part of a Newcastle side that returns to the top flight with the belief that they have no reason to fear getting dragged into another relegation scrap. 

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