Newcastle adds longtime Burnley mid Hendrick on free transfer
Newcastle United has added versatility and experience to its midfield with the addition of free agent Jeff Hendrick on a four-year contract.
The one-time Burnley record signing from Derby County ran down his contract at Turf Moor and has opted to bring his 54 Republic of Ireland caps to St. James’ Park.
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Newcastle adds another piece to its midfield two days after finally cementing a new deal for homegrown 20-year-old Matty Longstaff.
Hendrick has 122 appearances in the Premier League, scoring nine times with five assists. From Newcastle’s official site:
Not words that will be well-read amongst Burnley people, as the Clarets have had a lot more success than Newcastle in recent seasons.
Hendrick’s case is an interesting one. He’s not an advanced stats darling but has been a trusted starter for both the Clarets and the Rams.
MIght he be able to swing back into a more attacking form away from Sean Dyche? Steve Bruce’s system isn’t necessarily more conducive to goals, but we’ll see if a change in latitude brings more offense to Hendrick.