Andros Townsend has completed his move to Newcastle from Tottenham after signing and five-and-a-half-year deal, the club has confirmed. “The 24-year-old arrives at St James’ Park for an undisclosed fee and has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Magpies. He will wear the number 25 shirt.” Townsend put pen to paper on Wednesday evening after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms, in the process ending a 16-year stay at Tottenham which had soured in recent months. His first opportunity to play for his new club will come at Everton next Wednesday evening, and he could make his home debut in what will be a crucial clash with West Brom three days later. Townsend said: “I’m delighted to be here. Newcastle United is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition. “As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go so I can’t wait to get started.” Townsend’s arrival represents another boost for under-pressure McClaren, who has been desperate to add proven Barclays Premier League quality to his squad to assist in the fight for top-flight survival. The winger, who joined Spurs as an eight-year-old, joins former Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in fulfilling that brief, and now faces the task of reviving his career on Tyneside, no doubt with one eye on the Euro 2016 finals. McClaren said: “Bringing Andros to the club is a great signing. He is a very good talent who is a current England international and should be one for years to come, too. The 24-year-old England international has joined the Magpies for an undisclosed fee, understood to be £12million, and becomes head coach Steve McClaren’s third capture this month, taking the club’s total January investment to in the region of £29million. His arrival at St James’ Park was confirmed in a club statement which said: “Newcastle United have completed the signing of England international winger Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur. “Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball. “He feels he has a lot to prove and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.” Newcastle currently sit inside the bottom three, two points from safety with just 15 games to play and facing a battle to preserve their top-flight status. McClaren will hope his latest acquisition can help to add both supply and goals to his team, but the hunt for striking reinforcement is ongoing with Saido Berahino, Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis among the men in the Magpies’ sights, although time is running out fast. Meanwhile, a Newcastle XI is understood to have been beaten 6-0 by a Sunderland XI on Wednesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly organised to give fringe players, and those returning from injury at both clubs, a chance to get some game-time. Press Association
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DOING THE BUSINESS: Donegal Daily in conjunction with the ETB will be profiling a number of individuals and businesses who have successfully graduated from one of the many training programmes ETB has to offer.As the ETB launch their latest diverse range of courses, Donegal Daily spoke with Paul Carr from Glenties. Paul trained as an IT Technician with the Donegal ETB, which led him to do a third level course at the LYIT and gain employment at Pramerica in Letterkenny.Before taking on the course, Paul had been working on the pier of Killybegs ever since leaving school. He decided to study IT in 2012, and was amazed by the doors it opened up for him. “My prior knowledge in IT before doing the course was fixing computers for friends and family,” he said. “The course started from the very beginning and progressed, and by the end there was a lot of knowledge to be gained from it.”The 47 week level six FETAC course ran on a full-time basis and covered a lot of topics in the IT sector, including A+ and Network+. Paul gained such a depth of knowledge about one particular subject, CompTIA Network+, that he is now teaching classes on it at Pramerica.Paul went on to study Computer Security and Digital Forensics at the LYIT after finishing the course, and as a result of his qualification with the ETB, he was able to bypass the first year of the degree.Pramerica accepted Paul onto a 10-week internship when he was six months into his studies at LYIT. He recalls being in competition with third and fourth year students for the placement, but puts his acceptance down to his extra ETB qualification. “I must have done something right at Pramerica, because they allowed me to progress into my final year part-time and work with them too,” he said. Paul graduated from the LYIT last week.Paul now works as a web application pen tester (ethical hacker) at Pramerica. “I’m very happy in my work and I love my job. Working in security changes everyday. Unlike with programmers, tomorrow when I come into work it could be different than today,” he said.“The course was how I got to where I am today,” Paul said, “it was probably one of the best courses I did in my life, and I would definitely recommend it.”For people considering studying IT with the ETB, Paul recommends that they go down to talk to staff. He remains in contact with his past teachers and visits them to discuss networking while he teaches the subject himself at Pramerica.The approachable staff at the ETB will help prospective students with any questions, he said. “Do what I did. Go down and speak to them if you have a question. The course starts at the start and doesn’t require vast extensive knowledge in IT. You need a small idea of computer parts, but I would highly recommend it to anybody with an interest in IT,” he said.The programme Paul studied in 2012 is equivalent to the former FETAC level 6 course. Participants taking on the course now will not achieve the FETAC (Now QQI) certificate but the range of CompTia (industry standard) qualifications on successful completion.For further information on these programs and others contact Sarah on 074-9120542 Email for course inquiries: [email protected] Visit www.donegaletb.ieClick here for more details on the course.Doing the Business: How Paul secured his IT ambitions was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal ETBeducationitLYITpramerica