South African youngsters in England have been making a lot of progress in recent times and another starlet has been given responsibility in a Premier League club.
Mpumalanga Black Aces Academy product Bradley Cross recently joined English Premier League club Newcastle United on a free transfer signing a two-year-deal with the club, but now the defender has been handed the Captain’s armband at the club after showing some good leadership skills with the B team.
Cross previously turned out for German side Schalke 04 where he was on loan for two seasons and when the loan finished, he opted to remain in Europe and joined Newcastle United. Fortunately the 19-year-old centre back has British citizenship which made it easy for him to be registered as a home-grown player for the club.
Cross’s first task as captain was to lead the team out of the tunnel against Leeds United in the English Premier League 2 on Friday afternoon and they won 4-3.
This will be the defender’s fourth league appearance for the club after playing a part against West Brom, Reading and Fulham in the past two weeks. He has represented South Africa at youth level up to the U20 junior men’s team.
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By Prince Sobayeni