The Magpies’ boss admitted that talks over new deals are set to start progressing over the next couple of weeks, with Matty Longstaff a big priority of the club.
“One or two in discussions with the club at the minute so I’m sure we’ll move it along in the next week or two,” he said, as quoted by the Chronicle.
When Bruce arrived at St James’ Park in the summer, it appeared to be his priority to secure the long-term future of some of his key players sooner rather than later. It has been reported by the Chronicle that the likes of Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubravka, and Fabian Schar are all in line to sign a new deal. The latest game against Manchester United proved that the Longstaff brothers are more than capable of cementing their places in the side for the foreseeable future, and that would require both of them to sign new contracts. Bruce did admit that the brothers are both in line for new deals, and given the timescale on Matty’s deal, it would be a massive surprise if Charnley wasn’t doing everything he can to try and get that sorted in the near future. Players have been given a clean slate under Bruce, who looks willing to give the chance to any squad member to prove their futures belong at St James’ Park.