NUFC released: Where are they now?

Hero on debut, Championship winner and an academy graduate, Newcastle said goodbye to these players over a year ago now but how have their careers progressed since.

We look back at these player’s time at the club and where their careers have taken them since leaving the toon.

Ciaran Clark

First on the list is 2016/2017 Championship winner Ciaran Clark. The Irish international made 129 appearances for the Magpies in his time at the club joining from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016. Clark will be remembered for helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League playing 34 times that season.

Injuries hampered Clark throughout his time on Tyneside most notably missing 211 days with an ankle injury in the 19/20 season

Since his release, Clark joined Stoke on a free transfer hoping for a turnaround in form, but unfortunately for him, he has only played three times in the past year since signing for the Potters.

Dan Langley

The 23-year-old goalkeeper Dan Langley is next on our list of released Magpies last season. Langley played 50 times between the U21s and U23s. Langley spent his last few years on Tyneside on loan at Gateshead and Spennymoor Town.

Upon his release from Newcastle, Langley signed for Blyth Spartans. He went back and forth between Spartans and Oldham Athletic eventually signing for Oldham who sent him back on loan to Blyth playing 14 times for the National League North club.

He returned to Oldham before going on a short loan to Scunthorpe United and is now without a club for the upcoming season.

Niall Brookwell

Third on our list is Niall Brookwell. The defensive midfielder/centre-back joined Newcastle in 2020 after coming through Liverpool’s academy.

The Wigan-born man played 55 times for the Magpies U21s in his three years at the club before joining Workington AFC after his release from Newcastle.

The 22-year-old played nine times in the National League North before moving across the Irish Sea to Cork City where he currently applies his trade.

Isaac Westendorf

The penultimate man on this list is centre-forward Isaac Westendorf. The 23-year-old joined Newcastle from Barking in the summer of 2022 where he went on to make 17 appearances for the U23s scoring six times and getting one assist in his one year at the club.

Westendorf joined Larne where he went on to play in the Champions League qualifier and the Conference League qualifier before joining Ballymena on loan playing 17 times.

He returned to the club just outside of Belfast in January and has played eight times since his return.

Matty Longstaff

Last but certainly not least is Matty Longstaff. In the eyes of many, his brother Sean Longstaff, is the more known of the two brothers but Matty has his fair share of moments on Tyneside.

Most known for his debut against Manchester United, scoring the winner into the Gallowgate. Longstaff spent his last few seasons on loan at Aberdeen, Mansfield Town and Colchester before his departure from the club last summer.

After a few months away from football, Longstaff headed to North America to Toronto FC playing 14 times so far for the Canadian outfit.