Newcastle United U21 coach Willie Donachie is delighted for the club after they were crowned Barclays Under-21 Premier League Tier Two champions.

Donachie feels the triumph suggest Newcastle have a bright future.

"To win the league with those kids is a great achievement for them," Donachie told "They have a long way to go to the Premier League but they're learning. It's on their CV now - they've been in a team that has won this part of the league.

"It's a great experience for all of them, that's the bottom line. Considering out of the 16 players we had, ten are youth team age, it's a great achievement for them to win the league.

"Lubo (Satka)'s a first year, Rolando (Aarons) is a first year, Quinny (Jonathyn Quinn) is a first year, Alex Gilliead is a first year, the goalkeeper (Jonathan Mitchell) is a second year, the sub goalie (Freddie Woodman) a schoolboy, Jamie Sterry's a first year, Macaulay Gillesphey's a first year, Greg Olley's a first year.

"They've still got time to gain experience for the Academy, let alone the under-21 team."