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Paul Dummett signs new long-term contract at Newcastle

by 15/02/2018 10:32:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Paul Dummett has signed a new contract at Newcastle taking him to 2022
  • The defender has been injured but is a big part of manager Rafa Benitez's plans
  • Dummett says he 'always wanted to stay' at boyhood club and is 'really pleased' 
  • Benitez also heaped praise on consistent Dummett: 'He's a player you can trust'

By Sami Mokbel for MailOnline

Published: 10:32 EST, 15 February 2018 | Updated: 10:32 EST, 15 February 2018

Paul Dummett has signed a new deal at Newcastle to hand Rafa Benitez's survival hopes a boost.

The defender has agreed terms on a new long-term contract at St James' Park, which could take him all the way through until 2022. 

Dummett has returned to team after an injury ruled him out of the opening weeks of the season.

Paul Dummett has signed a new long-term contract with his boyhood club Newcastle
Paul Dummett has signed a new long-term contract with his boyhood club Newcastle

Paul Dummett has signed a new long-term contract with his boyhood club Newcastle

Rafa Benitez has heaped praise on the player, who missed part of the season through injury
Rafa Benitez has heaped praise on the player, who missed part of the season through injury

Rafa Benitez has heaped praise on the player, who missed part of the season through injury

Speaking to NUFC TV, the Wales international said: 'It's my boyhood club and I've been a supporter for many years so to extend my stay at the club for even longer is really important to me.

'I've always wanted to stay here and the manager and the club have wanted to keep me so I'm really pleased to have signed the new contract and hopefully there are many more years to come.'

Dummett joined Newcastle at the age of nine and has come through the ranks to made over 100 appearances for the north-east side.

He was an ever-present last season as the Magpies won promotion from the Championship, and Benitez was also quick to praise the defender.  

'If you talk about players that are important for the team, normally people talk about goalscorers, midfielders and No 10s but in modern football, there are not too many consistent left-sided full-backs,' he said.

Dummett says he always wanted to sign a new contract and is looking forward to years ahead
Dummett says he always wanted to sign a new contract and is looking forward to years ahead

Dummett says he always wanted to sign a new contract and is looking forward to years ahead

Dummett joined Newcastle when he was nine years old and has made over 100 appearances
Dummett joined Newcastle when he was nine years old and has made over 100 appearances

Dummett joined Newcastle when he was nine years old and has made over 100 appearances

'Paul is exactly that. He understands the game and you know what you can expect from him week in, week out. That's important when you have a lot of big games. He's a player you can trust.

'He was unlucky to miss the first four months of the season through injury, but he's a player who is quick to learn and knows his job really well. His return has given us more competition in a position where we did not have too much before, so we're really pleased to keep him.'

Dummett has played 10 times this season but, injury and form permitting, would be expected to keep his place in the team as they continue their relegation battle.

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