Rolando Aarons is certain that Newcastle kids will shine at Dale Farm Milk Cup
Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons is backing the Magpies to make an impact at this summer's Dale Farm Milk Cup.
The Jamaican-born star was outstanding for United in the 2012 Premier final when they lost out to an impressive Desportivo side from Brazil, but he has never forgotten the occasion and his week at the international youth tournament in Northern Ireland.
"It was a special time and we were proud to make the final, especially with our senior manager then, Alan Pardew, taking the time to travel over and watch us against the Brazilians," he said.
Aarons stepped up into the first team squad at the start of this season, making his debut on the opening day against Manchester City. A fortnight later he scored against Crystal Palace.
"From the excitement of the opening parade right through to our appearance in the final on the Friday night, it was a great week to experience. It was a great tournament for me and I know those guys from the Academy will have a great time playing in the Tournament in July," he added.
"It is great to know that Rolando has such vivid memories of his time with us," said Dale Farm Milk Cup chairman Victor Leonard.
"Newcastle United have been great supporters over the years and their return in the Premier competition is good news for their many fans in Northern Ireland."
The North East club won the Premier title in 1985 and again in 1989 and have been beaten finalists twice.
Sydney United will be sending a team to contest the Premier event this year and CSKA Moscow have confirmed their entry.
The Dale Farm Milk Cup begins with the traditional parade of competing teams through Coleraine on Sunday, July 26, concluding with finals night at Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday, July 31.