Newcastle legend tips teen to shine after move

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Newcastle United legend Peter Beardsley believes defender Jeff Henderson will shine on loan at Gateshead.

The 19-year-old is the latest Magpies player to join the Heed in a short-term capacity, and could play alongside keeper Jak Alnwick this weekend against Ebbsfleet.

James Tavernier also spent time away from St. James' Park with the club last season, and his development at the International Stadium has set a benchmark which Beardsly hopes Henderson can match.

"When the younger lads play he is captain. He is a good example to them all, has a brilliant attitude and obviously has good ability too," Beardsley told the official Newcastle United website.

"Willie (Donachie, Development coach) and I think a lot of him and enjoy working with him. If you could give a perfect role model at our level then it would be Jeff.

"Ian Bogie (Gateshead manager) has seen a few Reserve games and seen Jeff for himself, and it will do them both good. It will be good for Gateshead and it will be good for Jeff. You look at Tav and he's gone on and moved up a level with Carlisle in League One. We hope he keeps on progressing, and we hope it's the same for Jeff."


Henderson is still some way off the Newcastle United first team, but was utilised in the Magpies' squad for the 4-3 Carling Cup win against Nottingham Forest at the City ground.

He is yet to make a senior appearance for the Toon.

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