Cobain gutted by Newcastle United release

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The 19-year-old was let go by Newcastle United - his boyhood club.

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Kilmarnock defender Jamie Cobain has admitted that he was "gutted" to discover that Newcastle United had released him.

The 19-year-old joined the Scottish Premiership outfit this summer after failing to win a spot on the retained list at Newcastle - the club he had been at for a decade.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

It has been a busy transfer window for Kilmarnock, who have welcomed 11 new faces to the club in all and although Cobain says it was an easy decision to join Lee Clark's revolution, the young defender admits he was distraught to hear he has surplus to requirements with the North-East outfit.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

He told The Scottish Sun: “I was gutted when I first found out that I was being released because it’s all I’ve ever known but you forget about a bad experience like that when a club like Kilmarnock comes in for you."

Newcastle are set for a stint in the Championship after their relegation from the Premier League last term.

Manager Rafael Benitez will be determined to win promotion at the first time of asking and it would appear as if the Spaniard had little room for Cobain.

The Magpies faithful will also hope their club's hierarchy will welcome a few new players during the summer, having added Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie last week - and of course Benitez himself, after the former Liverpool manager's future at St James's Park until agreeing new terms with the club.

Dwight Gayle celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for Crystal Palace

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