Newcastle youngster Mace Goodridge announces move to Burnley on Twitter

A Newcastle fans shows his frustration during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 4, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Mace Goodridge had hoped to break into Newcastle United's first-team but has now departed for Premier League rivals Burnley.

Nick Tsaroulla of Tottenham Hotspur takes on Mace Goodridge of Newcastle United during the FA Youth Cup Sixth Round match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park...

It has been a common criticism among Newcastle United supporters that there remains a worrying lack of young talent emerging through the ranks at St James’ Park. And it seems that the Magpies have bid farewell to two more of their promising starlets.

22-year-old winger Alex Gilliead will leave on a free after six years at the club, with Newcastle failing to find a way around an impasse in contract negotiations. The Chronicle believes that Rangers are interested, as are a number of League One and Championship sides.

Alex Gilliead of Newcastle in action during the Pre Season Friendly between Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United at Hillsborough on July 30, 2014 in Sheffield, England.

And Gilliead has been followed out the exit door by 18-year-old central midfielder Mace Goodridge.

The teenager looked set for a bright future on Tyneside when the Magpies swooped to sign him from Manchester City, beating Leicester to his signature, but he never made a first-team appearance under Rafa Benitez.

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And it seems he has now found a new home. Taking to Twitter, Goodridge has confirmed that he has joined Premier League rivals Burnley with the Chronicle stating that the Oldham-born youngster has returned to Lancashire on a free transfer.

This comes just one year after Goodridge, who can also play in a defensive midfield role, told the Chronicle about his desire to break into Newcastle’s first-team set-up.

The long wait for another academy graduate to force his way into the starting XI goes on.

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