27 Feb 1992
Jonjo would spend seven years on Tyneside in what would be a pretty mixed time with the club.
Relegated once, fined for racial abuse by the FA, and for a period midway through his time at St James Park known for the odd rash challenge and red card some would say his time would pretty unsuccessful.
For most though he will bring some fond memories. He stuck with the club and helped them gain automatic promotion back from the Championship in 2017. He didn't have to stay and in truth was far too good for that level of football.
Capped for England before joining the Magpies (with spells at Liverpool and Swansea on his CV) he was certainly gifted enough. His goal away to Leeds in the 2021/22 season, soon after Eddie Howe's arrival at the club signified a turning point for the relegation threatened black and whites. Shelvey would be pivotal to that side remaining in Premier League that season and part of that first batch of players that would embark on a journey under the new Saudi ownership.
But in the January of 2023, with injuries having already plagued his season, the chance of a longer contract (2.5 years) to that he could unlock at Newcastle was too much of a temptation of the player. And with Howe knowing the club was going in a different direction and a proportionally hefty transfer offer on the table, the club somewhat reluctantly let the player go.
On the day he signed for Forest he made the journey back up the Newcastle to say his goodbyes to his teammates and to the fans in attending Newcastle's second leg Semi Final win over Southampton that would see the club reach its first Final in 24 years.