On Loan From Newcastle Utd, Jan-May 2017
Jan 9th 2017: Kilmarnock have 19 year old signed midfielder Sean Longstaff on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season. Longstaff, who plays as a 'number 10', has been a regular scorer for Peter Beardsley's U23 side this season.
Jan 14th 2017 on how he came to join Killie: “I remember when Alan (Thompson, his Uncle), was at Celtic I would watch him on TV and I used to go up to see him play live. I remember him from games at Celtic Park so when we go there it’ll be a really good experience. He had a cracking scoring record against Rangers — I’m sure he told me that he scored ten or 12 goals against them, though he was maybe exaggerating a bit!
“I keep in touch with him and when I was sorting this move out I contacted him to get his thoughts on it. He sold me on going to Kilmarnock. He told me all about the Scottish Premiership and what I could expect. He told me Scottish football is a better standard than a lot of English people think. People sometimes come up to Scotland and think that the standard is not going to be all that great.
“He told me that it’s a pretty high standard and that he loved his time at Celtic. My priority is just playing at a higher standard against the likes of Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts. They are all big clubs and it should be a very enjoyable experience. Playing regular first-team football is a massive carrot as I’ve been in the Newcastle reserves for two or three years now. It’s just great to be part of a first-team environment at Killie.
“I walked into the dressing-room and when I saw an established professional like Kris Boyd there I just thought, ‘wow!’. I’m used to playing with my mates, guys my own age. Now I’m in the Kilmarnock first-team dressing-room and you see the likes of Boyd and Lee McCulloch who played for Rangers and it’s all a bit surreal.”
“Lee being from Newcastle was good for the three of us as he spoke to us all before we decided to come. He spoke positively about the league and Kilmarnock and we wanted a crack at it. We’re staying together so even that’s good for settling in.”
Jan 21st 2017: Sean makes his Killie debut in the Scottish Cup 4th Rd at home to Hamilton Accies.
Jan 28th 2017: Sean scores his first Killie goal, a dramatic 92nd min winner against Ross Co, at Rugby Park.
March 10th 2017: “My focus just now is with Kilmarnock, then we will see at the end of the season. We have three massive games coming up that could define our whole season. You don’t to be relegated. Luke Hendrie was at York last year when they got relegated. I’ve spoken to him about it and he says it’s not a great thing to have on his CV. This is my first year as a professional and, while I’ve been here only for a few months, it is not something you want.
“It was a dream start to my career here. (Longstaff scored a last-minute winner against County in January) All I remember was how loud the crowd was. In the changing room afterwards all the lads were buzzing. It was a feeling I’ve never had before. It was my first win in professional football, so it was just unbelievable.” “It was certainly the right thing to come up here. To play for a win bonus is all new to me. The game on a Saturday means everything. I’ve been here for a couple of months and it has all been positive. Although Lee left, things have been pretty much the same under Lee McCulloch.”
May 30th 2017: Returned to his parent club Newcastle Utd after his loan period with Killie expired.
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