At one point in time, it looked like Rolando Aarons was going to get a second chance at Newcastle.
The winger played a fair bit of football during pre-season under Steve Bruce, having slipped down the pecking order when Rafa Benitez was in charge.
However, when Bruce announced his 25-man squad for the Premier League, Aarons didn’t make the cut.
He spent the first half of the season on loan at Wycombe, and the 24-year-old has now moved north to Motherwell.
After a bright start in Scotland, Aarons has commented on how he felt during the summer at Newcastle.
“I played for Newcastle against Hibs in pre-season which was good,” he told Not The Old Firm.
“They’ve actually got a really good stadium. I was training and playing in pre-season and was disappointed to miss out on the team. You go into pre-season hopeful and optimistic but it didn’t pan out.”
When Bruce tried out Aarons at left wing-back, it looked like he might have his way back into the team. However, Jetro Willems’ arrival closed that door for Aarons.
It’s pretty clear that Bruce just doesn’t fancy Aarons, turning down the opportunity to give him Willems’ place in the squad after the Dutchman’s injury.
There’s likely no way back at Newcastle for a once highly rated talent. Here’s hoping he performs well in Scotland and earns himself a permanent Motherwell move.