Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of defender Cathal Heffernan from AC Milan, and the player has revealed why he made the move.
Heffernan joined Milan in the winter of 2022 on an initial loan deal after quite the saga in which the operation was off and on at various points. However, it emerged over the last few weeks that he would be heading for the north of England.
Now, Newcastle United have announced the signing of Heffernan on their official website. The 18-year-old centre-back – who has played for Republic of Ireland from U15 to U18 level – joins them on a permanent deal.
Heffernan featured in two preseason friendlies for Newcastle’s U21 side whilst on trial last month and they have decided to give him a deal.
“It’s surreal to join such a big club like Newcastle. It’s definitely a club that is on the rise and with a lot of history. During the last week, I’ve been so excited to get started and I’m now looking forward to a big season ahead,” he said.
“The first thing I noticed when I arrived on trial was the lads were really welcoming and I just want to carry that on into the season, getting to know them more. The people of Newcastle are also really nice, too.
“I have become a much better defender during my time at AC Milan and I learnt so many things to improve my game during my two seasons in Italy which should stand me in good stead for the future.
“The goal, when playing Academy football, is to try and break into a first-team as quick as you can and, hopefully, I can do that at Newcastle United.”