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The Geordies are reporting that a former prodigy of the Everton Academy, 16-year-old centre-back Aaron Epia, has now joined Newcastle United and is listed with their U18 side.

Epia, who has played for Poland at youth level, was on the books at Everton but did not play any games at U18 level.

However, he seems to have been a trialist with Newcastle in the later months of last season, played in two U18 Premier League games for them against Wolves and Leeds in April and May 2024.

After the signing was confirmed on 1 July,  In a post on Instagram, Epia wrote: “I want to thank all the staff and players at Everton that have helped support my development over the last 7 years, I’ve had a great journey.

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“It has been a tough decision to decide but I feel like the time has come for me to find a new challenge, I want to wish the club all the best for the future.”


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Mike Hayes
1 Posted 24/06/2024 at 12:24:46
Team up with DCL 🤷🥳💙
Rob Jones
2 Posted 25/06/2024 at 12:24:18
I don't really get this. Did we not offer terms? Or was he tapped up?
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 26/06/2024 at 11:29:20
Clearing the decks for the Friedkin revolution or just trying to raise funds to avoid another points deduction?
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 26/06/2024 at 19:33:06
Nothing more appears to have surfaced about this player: How long has he been with the Academy? Will Everton get at least a development fee?

Or presumably the club had signalled that he would not progress to the next level, a scholarship, I believe, and had given him plenty of advance notice to look for another club, with Newcastle apparently trialling him on a couple of occasions in April and May before signing him up. In which case, highly unlikely that he was tapped up.

In which case, I'm guessing there is no development fee as he was presumably released – a fate that befalls so many of these young talents. So I think there were no funds raised – just a minuscule saving on his weekly wage!

Transfermarkt have now updated their limited info, showing him as making a free transfer from Everton Youth to Newcastle Utd U18s on 1 July 2024.

Another one slips away…

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 27/06/2024 at 14:29:13

I heard a few weeks ago a few lads were released by the club and two of them had immediately got contracts with Premier League clubs under the guidance of a new agent who had previously worked for Everton. Whether this lad was one of them I wouldn't know — never heard any names.

By the way, Michael, any chance of getting “Grand Old Team" back on ToffeeWeb, it's not coming up on my iPad.

Ray Roche
6 Posted 27/06/2024 at 15:11:12
Dave, I also heard from a very reliable source that non-playing staff are also being culled at Goodison, in much the same way that Man Utd are slashing the office and backroom staff at Old Trafford.

Cost cutting in the extreme, they wouldn't provide transport for the non-playing staff to go to Wembley for the Cup Final. Cost cutting or mean?

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 27/06/2024 at 15:20:31
You could argue it's both, Ray, because I have heard that the club is completely over-staffed in many departments.

Although this is not something you would say about the first-team squad.

Ray Roche
8 Posted 27/06/2024 at 15:27:24
Possibly, Tony, your ear is almost certainly closer to the ground than mine.

But, if this is at the behest of the potential new owner, then we are going to be a much leaner machine than before. Big changes ahead no doubt!

Andrew Keatley
9 Posted 27/06/2024 at 15:54:08
I suspect if Cieran Loney is indeed signing from Patrick Thistle then it’s just the usual merry-go-round of clubs trying to assess which youngsters have the best chance of progressing into their own first-team set-up.

We are also strongly linked with a 16-year-old striker from Northern Ireland called Braiden Graham. So there’s all sorts happening.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 27/06/2024 at 15:58:08
You don't want to waste money for unnecessary expenses and staff. But at the same time, if we laid off 10 non playing staff averaging a wage of 50k a year. That is 500k. That is one month of wages for someone like Gomes. Not a massive financial benefit but 10 people out of jobs.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
11 Posted 27/06/2024 at 16:12:22
Michael, have you seen your First Team Squad Page.

23 in the 1st XI
U21s = 39.

It does seem the whole U21s is like a Fast Fashion Catalogue. Order a few - try them on - send them back and keep the one that you want.

Ellis Simms. Should have kept him. We got him when City released him. Anthony Gordon. Released by Liverpool.

If we got it right every time then forget Friedkin. Just use club funds to do the lottery every week and we would be out of debt in a year.

And remember we all moaned about Thierry Small? Now nearly 20 and playing for Charlton.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 27/06/2024 at 16:48:26

Korede Yemi Adedoyin, remember him? He wasn't satisfied playing for the Under-18s so demanded a loan.

Ended up going to the mighty Hamilton Academicals on loan. Now unemployed.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 28/06/2024 at 09:58:13
Kieran (10),

I think it absolutely entails what those jobs were Kieran, loads of these positions have nothing to do with the benefit of Everton FC, off the field jobs that were created by the previous boardroom and did nothing to help the managers or coaching staff.

Hopefully what has gone on at Finch Farm will be elaborated on in the future, I only know bits and pieces and leave it that for now, by the way I know you'll understand how Gomes and quite a few more were given these ridiculous contract to start with — an egotist spending his friends money or as Billy Boy said at an Everton AGM “The man who keeps giving”…

Jesus, there were plenty who were quick to take and create the disaster that Everton are now.

Justin Doone
14 Posted 30/06/2024 at 23:03:46
Mean, tight fisted owners and club execs waste millions on playing-staff salaries and agents fees and yet won't pay for nonplaying staff travel and club functions.

Most clubs in the Premier league have lost their soul and will soon loose real fans. It's line the Thatcher years, look after the rich, the rest we can screw.

Christine Foster
15 Posted 30/06/2024 at 23:23:47
Justin, you just summed up Ratcliffe, the minority owner of Utd, perfectly.

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