Sheffield United have completed the loan signing of Newcastle United defender Jamie Cobain in search of giving the youngster playing time.
The youngster, who celebrates his 19th birthday today, has two games to look forward to this week, starting with a trip to Fleetwood Town in the round of 16 of the Football League trophy.
Cobain will get his first taste of playing on the hallowed Bramall Lane turf as Southend United are the visitors this Saturday as the Blades return to league action.
The defender will be working under highly-respected manager Nigel Adkins, and he tweeted on Monday morning that he would be starting his "first ever loan" at Sheff United, stating that he is "looking forward to all the games."
Five starts this season with reserves
The right-back has five appearances this season for Newcastle reserves and his last game was on Saturday during a 2-0 defeat in the Northumberland Senior Cup.
Cobain had recovered from a set-back two seasons ago to push his way out of the club’s Academy side into the reserve side, which earned him a three-year scholarship with the Magpies.
Where does the move leave Newcastle?
Considering the youngster hasn’t made a first-team appearance yet, it shouldn’t affect them in a notable way, but the reserve side will miss his presence at the back.
The international break will give players the chance to recuperate, especially Siem de Jong, who has been featuring for the under 21s while recovering from injury.
The future looks bright on Tyneside
Newcastle have talented players who are thriving under game time at numerous clubs. Adam Armstrong is finding the back of the net regularly at Coventry City,
Haris Vuckic is at Wigan Athletic, Mike Williamson is playing with Wolves, Sammy Ameobi is with Cardiff City, while Ivan Toney has joined Cobain in going out on loan this week.
Toney signed a deal after impressing at Northampton Town, scoring 13 goals in 60 games, but the move to Barnsley will see the 19-year-old gain valuable game time.