Paul Dummett believes Newcastle United are at a hugely exciting juncture in their history after signing a one-year deal to extend his stay at the club.
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The defender, one of few academy graduates to have made himself a presence in the first-team over the years, was handed another 12 months at the club he joined at the age of 9.
Despite only making three appearances this season, Dummett is a hugely experienced defensive option able to operate at both left-back and in central areas, so is certainly helpful to have around.
Newcastle are expected to make a play at signing another defender over the course of the summer, but are reportedly open to considering offers for Ciaran Clark and even Jamaal Lacelles, meaning Dummett is surely seen as the ideal kind of back-up option in the squad.
Indeed, there is thought to be a need to sell in order to raise further funds even despite PIF’s money and having the former Wales international signed up could allow Howe to rid of the likes of Lascelles and Jamal Lewis, two players arguably more likely to fetch a bigger fee in the market than Dummett.
What did Dummett say about his new contract?
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 30-year-old said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the football club and the city so I’m delighted to be committing another year here and staying at my boyhood club.
“I’m immensely proud that next season will be my tenth involved with the first team and I’m really looking forward to being part of what is a big season to come. Howay the lads!”
In terms of his contributions this season, three Premier League games don’t exactly offer the biggest sample size but WhoScored data notes Dummett sits third in the squad for tackles per game (2.3) and joint-sixth for interceptions over the same period (1).
What has Eddie Howe said about Dummett’s deal?
Reflecting on the new contract, head coach Eddie Howe said: “Paul is a consummate professional who has given so much to this club and I’m delighted he will be staying with us.
“He is a player and a person I like very much. He leads by example both in the dressing room and on the pitch and I’m pleased to retain someone with his positive influence and defensive capabilities.”