Blyth Spartans have announced the signing of former Newcastle United winger Callum Roberts.
The 22-year-old joined the Magpies academy at the age of eight and moved up through every age group. On January 3, 2015, Roberts made his first-team debut during a 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat to Leicester City as a second-half substitute.
Soon after his senior bow, Roberts had a brief loan spell at Gateshead before returning to Newcastle to become a leading player in the under-23s set-up. He then furthered his senior education when current Blyth Spartans manager Lee Clark took him north of the border to Kilmarnock in 2017.
After a string of standout performances in the under-23s’ run to the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy last season, Roberts was handed his second first-team bow, which would prove to be an extra memorable occasion.
In an FA Cup third round replay at Ewood Park in January, Roberts netted his first-ever senior goal in front of the BT Sport cameras, volleying home a Jacob Murphy cross from inside the penalty area.
A short loan spell at League Two outfit Colchester United followed before leaving the Magpies in the summer after 14 years at the club.