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Ainsworth swoops for Newcastle starlet

Rolando Aarons joins on loan until January.

2 September 2019

Gareth Ainsworth has made an exciting deadline day swoop for Newcastle United forward Rolando Aarons, on a loan deal until January 13th.

The 23-year-old has earned five caps for England’s under-20s and played 18 times for the Magpies in the Premier League, scoring twice, whilst most recently he impressed during a loan spell at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the second half of last season.

The cousin of Norwich City defender Max, Aarons goes straight into the squad for Wanderers’ League 1 showdown with Lincoln City at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Ainsworth said: “We’ve been hit by a couple of injuries up front and it looks like we’ll be without Fred Onyedinma and Paul Smyth for a little while, but I’m delighted to be able to bring Rolando to the club and I think it’s a real coup to attract someone of his calibre to Adams Park.

“We’ve started the season really well, particularly at home where we’ve played some fantastic attacking football, and Rolando will complement our style with his pace and ability to run at players and create chances for himself and others.

“Wycombe Wanderers has been a great platform for many young loan players down the years – something we’re extremely proud of – and I’ve got no doubt that Rolando can prove what a talented player he is during his time with us. I’d like to thank Newcastle for trusting us with one of their young stars and now we’re looking forward to seeing him in action, starting with this Saturday’s big game against Lincoln.”

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Born in Jamaica, Aarons arrived at Newcastle from Bristol City in 2012, and signed his first professional contract two years later. His first-team debut came in the Premier League against Manchester City, and he scored and set one up against Crystal Palace two weeks later.

He netted on his debut for England Under-20s in September 2014 and finished the season with six first-team appearances for the Magpies, before scoring once in 11 games the following year.

Loan spells in Italy (with Hellas Verona) and Czech Republic (with Slovan Liberec) followed before he returned to the UK, signing on loan for Sheffield Wednesday in January 2019 and scoring once in nine appearances.

See Rolando in action at Adams Park this Saturday when the Wanderers take on Lincoln City; click below for tickets!

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