Former Newcastle United goalkeeper signs for Blyth Spartans
Former Newcastle United academy goalkeeper Brendan Pearson has signed a one-year deal at Blyth Spartans.
The 23-year-old stopper has been on trial with the National League North club throughout pre-season and has impressed manager Michael Nelson with his attitude and ability during that time.
Friday lunchtime brought confirmation that Pearson has now officially joined the club ahead of Saturday’s penultimate pre-season friendly at South Shields.
“Brendan’s kicking is fantastic, he’s a great shot-stopper and we have been impressed with him,” explained Spartans boss Nelson.
“His attitude is top-notch; he’s done well, and he has fitted in with the lads in the dressing room.
“I have always said we are trying to recruit the right characters, as well as the right players and I think Brendan matches both of those qualities.”
Pearson left Newcastle in May 2018 as the Magpies released a number of youngsters including Stuart Findlay, Dan Ward and Paul Woolston.
The latter trio have all gone on to resume their professional careers with Kilmarnock, St Patricks Athletic and Manchester United respectively – but injury problems prevented Pearson from earning a deal with Mansfield Town, Carlisle United and Scottish giants Rangers.
However, he returned to the action with a first appearance in 16 months when he appeared in Spartans’ opening pre-season friendly at Hebburn Town last month and has featured against Morpeth Town and Dunston UTS over the last week.
It was in the aftermath of the latter fixture that Pearson revealed his aims for his time at Spartans.
“I want to be number one at Blyth, there’s no doubt about that.
“As soon as I came in, everyone from the kitman to the manager has made me feel welcome.
“My confidence is building, and I am more relaxed than I ever have been going into a game.
“There was no pressure, I was told to do my thing and I just wanted to enjoy my football.
“The manager knows what I have been through, he just wants me to enjoy it and I think any young lad can enjoy his football if he is enjoying it.”
Nelson will continue to assess a number of trialists in Spartans remaining pre-season fixtures against South Shields and Hartlepool United as he prepares his squad for the new National League North season.
Spartans will find out what lies ahead this season when their league fixtures are released on Tuesday, three weeks before the campaign gets underway on Saturday 3rd October.