Newcastle release Reagan Thomson as Magpies announce academy retained list
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Newcastle release Reagan Thomson as Magpies announce academy retained list

Newcastle United beat Celtic and Rangers to land Reagan Thomson in 2020. Now the teenager has been released.

The club’s academy announced their retained list on Thursday, with decisions made on the future of Under-18 and Under-23 players.

Thomson is one of eight Under-23 players to leave Newcastle, with fresh contracts not forthcoming.

This comes two and a half years after the Scottish youngster moved to the North East, and it was a fight to get him to the club.

Newcastle beat Celtic and Rangers to sign Reagan Thomson

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Thomson first emerged on the scene playing for Queen’s Park north of the border. He was already in the first-team at the age of 16, making seven appearances in the fourth tier of Scottish football.

His performances there caught the eye of some big clubs, including Newcastle.

In January 2020, the Magpies confirmed a two-and-a-half year deal for the teenager. As with every young player signed, it was hoped he could progress into the first-team.

Newcastle even fought off interest from Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers, with Thomson snubbing a move to one of the Old Firm clubs.

He chose the North East club. Sadly, his Newcastle dream is now over.

Dylan Stephenson among players to receive new Newcastle offers

The club also confirmed the release of Tom Allan, who was given a first-team debut by Steve Bruce back in 2020. He featured off the bench in an FA Cup victory over Rochdale.

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The 22-year-old has had loan spells with Accrington Stanley and Greenock Morton. However, he will now need to find a new permanent home.

While multiple players are leaving the club, others have been offered the chance to remain at St James’ Park.

One of those is Dylan Stephenson, who has been in red hot form for the young Magpies. He’s also trained with Eddie Howe’s first-team this season, and will hopefully have a bright future in the North East.

Newcastle’s full academy retained list can be found on the club’s official website.

It’s unclear if a first-team retained list will be released by Newcastle, with new deals for Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett and Sean Longstaff already confirmed.

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