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Ashworth welcomes Midgley as Newcastle's head of youth recruitment

Newcastle United have made a key signing as part of their academy setup.

The Magpies are seeking to boost the status of their youth program, as they hope to integrate more players into the first team in the coming years.

Manchester City scout Paul Midgley has been appointed by Newcastle as their head of youth recruitment.

Midgley will work alongside sporting director Dan Ashworth and Academy boss Steve Harper.

Ashworth told Chronicle Live about Newcastle's ambitions before the World Cup break: "That (just staying up) is not enough anymore.

"So, consequently, you have to upscale the majority of departments and facilities in order to try to achieve our goals, which are to finish higher up the league, to compete for trophies and aspirational targets.

"The trajectory the club is going towards over the next few years. So, consequently, there is a building out of structures and capacity in order to be able to achieve that."

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