Aarons at the NUFC exit

Rolando Aarons started the mental battle behind his last seasons at Newcastle United and insists he remains determined to become a ‘top player’ after joining Huddersfield Town.

Aarons joined Newcastle as a teenager in 2012 after being fired from hometown club Bristol City and quickly made his mark in the North East.

He made his Premier League debut in August 2014 and came off the bench that same month to score his first senior goal against Crystal Palace.

Aarons backed this by scoring the first goal in a 2-0 away win at Manchester City in the League Cup and there was real excitement about what he was able to bring to the club.

Newcastle’s relegation in 2016 should pave the way for Aarons to cement himself as a first-team regular, but a serious injury kept him out of most of the Magpies’ promotion campaign.

Rolando Aarons has fallen out of favor at Newcastle United (Image: Ian MacNicol / Getty Images)

The first team opportunities were again limited in the Premier League, and after a bad loan at Hellas Verona from Italy, Aarons was excluded from the first team picture in the summer of 2018.

The 25-year-old has spent the past two and a half years in the wild, and a move to West Yorkshire was originally agreed in October but the move failed on the eleventh hour of the transfer date.

Since then, Aarons has been ticking with Newcastle’s U-23s and is grateful for the “helpful work” of coaches Peter Ramage and Chris Hogg.

He’s also completed additional sessions with a sprint coach and his personal body and is now looking to write a positive new chapter in his career at Huddersfield after making his debut for the club off the bench in Saturday’s FA Cup third round Plymouth.

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