Joey Barton sends message to ex-Bristol Rovers man Elliot Anderson after Newcastle announcement

Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has taken Twitter to congratulate Elliot Anderson on landing a new contract at Newcastle United.

Barton signed Anderson on a temporary basis last season from the Magpies.

This particular deal turned out to be a masterstroke for the Gases as they excelled with Anderson at their side.

The 19-year-old spearheaded a push for promotion by providing a host of fantastic attacking displays in the fourth tier.

As well as scoring eight goals for Rovers, Anderson also contributed with five assists as the club sealed a place in League One on the final day of the 2022/23 campaign.

The attacking midfielder has featured four times for Newcastle since returning to St James’ Park earlier this year.

Having signed a new long-term contract with the Magpies yesterday, Anderson will now aim to establish himself as a key player for the club over the next few years.

After Anderson shared his reaction to his new deal on social media, Barton decided to send him a message.

Rovers boss job : “It’s well deserved mate.

“Restart now…”

The verdict

When you consider that Anderson has an abundance of talent, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he ended up becoming a key player for Newcastle.

Had it not been for the exploits of the attacking midfielder in the second half of the previous campaign, Rovers would still be playing fourth tier this season.

The club’s supporters will be keeping an eye on Anderson’s progress over the coming months and will focus on their own side’s Ligue 1 jaunts.

Currently 21st in the third tier standings, the Gas will be determined to secure a well-deserved victory this weekend in their showdown with Accrington Stanley.

Having failed to win any of their last six league games, Rovers will need their players to rise to the occasion at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

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