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Factfile: Conor Newton

The Mariners’ squad has been bolstered by the arrival of Conor Newton, who has signed a short-term deal after impressing in training.

But who is the club’s latest signing? Here’s a bit more information on the 30-year-old…

  • Conor Newton was born on October 17th, 1991 in Whickham, Gateshead

  • His football talent was quickly spotted and he joined Newcastle United as a nine-year-old

  • The midfielder, who is best-known for playing centrally but can also play wider on the right, was a regular for the Magpies’ youth teams and second string

  • Newton starred in Newcastle’s run to the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup in the 2009-10 season, but did not make a senior appearance for the club

  • His first break in senior football came via a loan spell north of the border with St Mirren, which began in January 2013

  • Alongside Newcastle team-mate Paul Dummett, he won the Scottish League Cup with St Mirren in the 2012-13 season, scoring what was effectively the winning goal in the final against Hearts

  • Newton returned for a full campaign on loan with top flight St Mirren in 2013-14, with current Aston Villa captain and Scotland international John McGinn among those he played alongside

  • After 41 appearances in his second season with the Buddies, Newton permanently left Newcastle in the summer of 2014, signing for Rotherham United

  • He played 13 times in the Championship for the Millers in the 2014-15 campaign before moving on to Cambridge United

  • Newton spent two years with Cambridge, and another two years with Hartlepool United

  • In 2019, he spurned interest from professional clubs to move into part-time football, with family circumstances playing a part in his decision

  • The midfielder signed for Whickham alongside players including ex-South Shields duo Carl Finnigan and Matty Pattison

  • After three years with the Northern League side, Newton trained with the Mariners over recent weeks as he looked for a move back up the football pyramid

  • He caught the eye in training and in a substitute appearance in last Saturday’s friendly against Dunston, and has now been given a further opportunity to impress after signing a short-term deal

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