On this day in 2002: Jenas joins Newcastle for British-record fee for a teenager

Jermaine Jenas joined Newcastle in 2002 (PA Archive)
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Jermaine Jenas signed for Newcastle from Nottingham Forest on this day in 2002, setting a new British-record fee for a teenager.

The England Under-19s captain completed his £5million move to St James’ Park, overseen by manager Bobby Robson.

“It’s a big club and the fans are very passionate about football,” Jenas, 18, said at the time.

Jermaine Jenas in action for Newcastle
Jermaine Jenas, left, in action for Newcastle (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“It’s a great place to be – I came to see the game on Saturday, and I think it’s the place to be and I’m very pleased to be here.”

Robson said at the time: “I bought this kid for the next manager. I see him as part of this club in the extreme long-term.

“He’s got good legs, he’s got energy and he’s got youth on his side. He’s not the finished article but I have a wonderful feel about him.

“I’m confident we will make him a first-class player in the long-term at Newcastle so we’ve bought a real steal.”