A signature from Kuolity! Newcastle beat Barcelona to sign future star Garang Kuol in $515,000 deal – as Premier League club confirm Australian young gun will be loaned BACK to Central Coast Mariners
- Newcastle United signs Central Coast’s Garang Kuol in $515,000 deal
- Teenager made his A-League debut with the Mariners last season
- He will be loaned to Central Coast until January next year
- Kuol is the youngest player selected for the Socceroos since Harry Kewell
Newcastle United have agreed to buy Garang Kuol from Central Coast, with the Australian teenager set to join the Premier League club in January.
The 18-year-old made his senior debut for the Mariners last year, scoring within seven minutes of being introduced.
he has netted four goals in his first seven appearances in his first season in the A-League, attracting interest from the likes of Celtic, Barcelona, Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund.
Garang Kuol officially signed for Newcastle United on Friday as the Magpies won the race for the highly regarded Australian youngster
Newcastle had been following the teenager for some time but had to act quickly when Stuttgart made an offer and offered Barcelona a two-year loan.
However, the Magpies won the race for the Socceroos star and agreed a $515,000 fee with Central Coast.
Kuol is on loan to the A-League club until January, before moving to the Premier League.
‘It’s unreal. As a young boy in Australia, the Premier League is the most important thing everyone looks at, but no one really thinks they will reach those heights,” the teenager said.
The Australian teenager will remain on loan to the Mariners until January next year
Kuol said it was ‘great’ to have the chance to play in the Premier League
“To be one of those people, to be in the position that I am, it’s great.
“Now that I’ve signed with Newcastle, I want to train hard, play hard, hopefully go to the World Cup and come back here.”
Newcastle United Sporting Director Dan Ashworth added: “Garang is a promising young talent and we are delighted that he will continue his development as a Newcastle United player.
“Our philosophy is to invest in our Academy and in exciting young players for the future, but also in the players needed to make an immediate impact in the first team.
Kuol made his debut for the Socceroos last week in a friendly against New Zealand
“We wish Garang every success in his remaining matches with Central Coast Mariners and we hope to see him back on the international stage soon.”
Kuol, who can play on either wing or as a striker, has flourished with Central Coast Mariners under the coaching of former Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery.
The 18-year-old became the youngest player to be called up to the Socceroos since Harry Kewell, when he was included in the squad for two friendlies against New Zealand as Graham Arnold’s men refine their preparation for the World Cup.
Kuol was born in Egypt, where his family had fled Sudan, before finally moving to Australia at age six and settling in northern Victoria.