Byline: By LEE RYDER
NEWCASTLE United coach Adam Sadler has singled out David Edgar and Andy Carroll as shining examples to his Toon young guns ahead of tonight's clash with Newcastle Blue Star at Kingston Park (7pm).
The pair both used the reserve team at United as a springboard to grab first-team opportunities last season, not to mention valuable experience at the thick end of the professional game.
Striker Carroll has endured an injury-hit summer, with both ankle and heel problems hindering what would have been an ideal chance to take advantage of a string of injuries for Kevin Keegan's side.
And Edgar has also enjoyed the luxury of being a first-team squad member throughout the summer after the Canadian Under-20 ace found himself a regular fixture in KK's defence during the friendly programme.
And with all Premier League games now featuring seven players on the bench, Sadler is hoping his youngsters can emulate the duo's achievements last term.
He told the Chronicle: "Andy Carroll got a run-out at the end of last season after the good work he showed in the reserves.
"He may have had a disappointing time on loan at Preston, but his performances in the reserves certainly earned him that chance in the first team - and I know the manager had no hesitation in putting him in.
"David Edgar also got an opportunity. He really grabbed the reserve team by the scruff of the neck from Christmas onwards. …