United striker is staying grounded after derby heroics

Jonathyn Quinn
Jonathyn Quinn

Teenage striker Jonathyn Quinn is hoping to catch Alan Pardew’s eye with his goalscoring exploits for Newcastle United’s development teams.

The Alnwick lad’s hat-trick against Sunderland in the FA Youth Cup at St James’s Park on Monday – which helped the Magpies to a convincing 4-0 success – saw him become the top scorer at the club this season.

The 18-year-old has scored 13 times for the Under-21 and Under-18 sides, one more than team-mate Adam Armstrong.

Quinn wore the No9 shirt with distinction on Monday, but is determined to stay grounded as he attempts to progress at the club.

He said: “If I could do that for the first team, it would be unbelievable.

“I just need to keep pushing in the reserves, and hopefully get a chance in the future.

“I’m really happy with my goal tally.

“I’ve got 13 now in all competitions, so to be the top goalscorer in the whole club is great.

“The hat-trick has given me a real confidence boost, so hopefully I can kick on for the rest of the season.

“It’s always nice if there’s staff there to catch the eye of, but I’ve really just got to keep my head focused and make sure I push on and get called up for the reserves.”

Quinn’s strike partnership with Armstrong – who scored Newcastle’s fourth against the Black Cats – is thriving, and Under-18s coach Dave Watson is delighted with the attacking options at his disposal.

He said: “It’s a great asset to any team. If you’ve got two goalscorers on the pitch, something is going to happen.

“Not only that, we’ve also got the pace of Rolando (Aarons) and Alex Gilliead in the wide areas, so we’ve got a good attacking force to the team.”