Factfile: Mackenzie Heaney

Factfile: Mackenzie Heaney

After Mackenzie Heaney was confirmed as South Shields’ first signing ahead of the 2022-23 season, we take a look at the 23-year-old’s career to date.

  • Mackenzie Heaney was born on January 2nd, 1999 in Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • He joined the Newcastle United Academy at the age of 12 and just two years later, he agreed what was effectively a four-year professional deal
  • As his name suggests, Heaney was eligible to represent Scotland through his grandfather, and he starred for the country in the prestigious Victory Shield as a 14-year-old playing Under-15s football. He helped the Scots win the competition for the first time in over a decade
  • Heaney switched allegiances to England in 2014 and was involved in youth squads on a regular basis in the following year, winning 12 caps for the Young Lions, many of them under the management of current Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper
  • He made his debut for Newcastle’s Under-18s at the age of 15, initially on the right-wing before switching to his preferred No.10 role
  • Heaney won the golden boot at the renowned Milk Cup youth tournament for Newcastle in 2015
  • In 2016, the midfielder was named by the BBC’s Match of the Day magazine as one of 20 ‘wonderkids’ to watch
  • Opportunities were not forthcoming at Under-23s level at Newcastle and Heaney departed his boyhood club in the summer of 2018
  • He trained with Norwich City and Brentford that summer and also had interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City
  • Heaney made his first foray into senior football in the Northern League with Newcastle Benfield and West Auckland Town
  • He took some time out of the game to concentrate on his fitness between 2019 and 2020 and returned to football with Whitby Town in the Pitching In Northern Premier League
  • When two successive seasons were impacted by the pandemic, Heaney spent a short time on loan with Icelandic second tier side UMF Grindavík to further build his experience
  • Heaney had a trial with York City in the summer of 2021 and his ability earned him a deal with the National League North side, who he represented 20 times in the first half of last season
  • He joined Buxton on loan in January 2022 and helped the Bucks win the Pitching In Northern Premier League title
  • Heaney now returns to the North East to begin the next chapter of his football journey with South Shields