Date: 10th August 2015 at 5:13pm
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Ahead of the League One opener against Shrewsbury Town at the weekend, manager Neil Harris added Newcastle’s Shane Ferguson to our ranks as well as handing birthday boy Christian Mbulu his first one year professional deal.

24 year old Ferguson joined us ahead of the game on a 93 day loan spell and he’s come through their Academy, making his senior debut in the League Cup against Accrington back in August 2010. He debuted in the Premier League in January 2011 as a substitute before making his full debut three months later against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Since signing a long term contract with the club at the end of that campaign, he has since spent two spells out at Craven Cottage with Fulham and was also with Scottish side Rangers last season and he’s also represented Northern Ireland in their youth groups, and at Under 21 level. He has 17 senior caps, with a return of one goal for his country as well.

Speaking to the official site after securing the loan, Harris explained.

‘We’re delighted to be getting Shane on board. He is a player who has picked up vast experience in recent seasons playing in the Premier League, the Championship and at international level. Shane is a great acquisition to the squad. He has natural left-footed ability and can provide terrific deliveries into the box. He is equally comfortable playing at left-back as he is on the left-wing so that kind of versatility will be very important to us, especially at a time when Joe Martin isn’t available.’

Having been handed the No 18 shirt, Ferguson made his debut as a late second half substitute in the victory over Shrewsbury at the weekend.

As for Mbulu, he was with Brentford Town and is now a 19 year old defender who has been on trial with us over pre season taking in some of our Under 21 games.

Having impressed enough to be handed a one year deal, Harris said of him.

of pre-season games and impressed the management team.

‘He is a young guy who has been playing non-league football without any professional coaching or full-time training. We hope to realise the potential that we have seen on the training pitch and in a couple of pre-season games. Christian was recommended to us and we want him to be given every opportunity to progress further.’

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