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Newcastle No2 Carver: Richardson can be inspiration to local talent

Newcastle United No2 John Carver says Michael Richardson deserves his new contract.

The 18-year-old has been offered a professional contract at United after being plucked from near obscurity on the Tyneside non-league circuit with Walker Central - all of it a world away from the mega-rich backdrop of the Premier League.

Carver told the Evening Chronicle: "Michael is a wonderful example of a late developer.

"And I'm so pleased for him that he's been offered a new deal.

"This is great reward for a player who has worked so hard since he joined the club last summer.

"He has impressed both myself and the manager, which reflects in his selection in several first-team squads.

"He had a tough time of it when first arriving at the club because he was making the adjustment from playing non-league football to the full-time schedule of a pro.

"To add to that, he hasn't had the same guidance from a young age as some of the players already here because he wasn't at the centre of excellence."

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