As David Ornstein reported earlier this week, Arsenal have now confirmed that Brooke Norton-Cuffy has signed a new contract with the club.
The Arsenal defender was expected to enter the final 12 months of his contract but has now put pen to paper on a new deal which will secure his future with the Gunners.
This obviously gives Arsenal some short-term flexibility to loan the youngster out for this year, and Norton-Cuffy has confirmed reports that a loan is likely – ideally in the Championship.
“Yeah, looks like it’s another loan move,” Norton-Cuffy confirmed. “Hopefully I go to a Championship side and we’ll see what the Championship has to offer.”
Norton-Cuffy enjoyed a very solid first loan spell in senior football last season, joining Lincoln City in League One. He made 17 appearances in a few months with the team and received plenty of praise.
A step towards the Championship seems like the next logical step, especially as there isn’t much of an opening in the first team for the upcoming campaign.
Takehiro Tomiyasu returns from injury to find he has new competition in the form of Ben White at right-back, with Cedric Soares still at the club and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for cover.
Even in the youth team, Norton-Cuffy competes with Reuell Walters, although Walters mainly played Arsenal’s centre-back in pre-season.
The 18-year-old will eventually get his opportunities if he continues to develop like he has done so far. A new contract and a good loan will allow him to continue his progress in the meantime.