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Classy Cleugh keeps on scoring

JAMES CLEUGH is a free-scoring Newcastle United supporter - even though it is a certain Tottenham striker he admires the most.

JAMES CLEUGH is a free-scoring Newcastle United supporter – even though it is a certain Tottenham striker he admires the most.

The Thorp Academy Year 7 footballer has scored 22 goals in ten games for his club team and that has caught the eye of the Magpies.

Cleugh, dedicated and determined to improve, attends Newcastle’s development squad sessions and he wants to make the most of those.

In a bid to keep getting better the former Ryton Juniors pupil is studying the performances of one of the Premier League’s finest strikers.

“I want to go as far as I can in football,” said Cleugh. “Whatever happens in the future I want to make sure I will have done by best.

“I would love to play for England like Harry Kane. His finishing and movement is fantastic, I study his movement and like to study how he plays and get better. I would love to keep scoring more.”

Staff at Thorp have been hugely impressed by Cleugh since he started at Thorp in September. He has justified being on the Elite Performer Programme by “leading by example” in an improving team.

Despite being a striker he also plays midfield for Thorp. He says: “I have really enjoyed being on the EPP scheme so far. It builds you up and the strength and conditioning sessions improves balance and strength too.”

Cleugh is 12 next week and he plays table tennis to a decent standard for Prudhoe too.

Football, though, is his main love and he spends his week training and playing for Improtech Soccer Elite and Newcastle United’s development team. He also goes to St James’ Park to watch Rafael Benitez’s side.

Cleugh started playing for Swalwell when he was four, stayed there for five years before moving to Improtech.

His 22 goals this season have helped the Washington-based side to within sight of promotion.

Cleugh said: “The team is playing well, played ten and won ten. We are all good players. I want to win the league. The team started in Division 8 and won the league every year and now we are in Division One, and we should go in the Premier League.

“Last year we played in a tournament in Eindhoven, Holland, and got to the final. I love playing, and just want to keep scoring goals and get better.”