PAUL Dummett has gone from the International Stadium to brink of international football in just over a year.
And the defender’s got what it takes to make it at Newcastle United, according to Alan Pardew.
Pardew just hopes more will follow his path from the club’s Academy.
Dummett was an unused substitute alongside Real Madrid’s world-record signing Gareth Bale in last night’s 2-1 defeat to Macedonia in Skopje.
Wales manager Chris Coleman – who played alongside Pardew at Crystal Palace – called up Dummett after being impressed with his early-season form at Newcastle.
And the 21-year-old is determined to seize his chance with the seniors, having previously played at Under-21 level.
Dummett – who has had loan spells at St Mirren and Gateshead in the past two seasons – went on to make his Premier League and full Newcastle debuts in the early weeks of the season.
“We’ve got a young boy in the Academy who I genuinely hope will burst through,” Pardew said.
“He did so well pre-season. He’s out of the Academy, and we want the North-East pool to be stronger.”
First-team regulars Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi came up through the Academy.
And Pardew would love to see Dummett, Sammy Ameobi and Adam Campbell establish themselves at Premier League level.
“Me and the Academy director, Joe (Joyce), often talk about getting one through,” he added.
“Obviously, we’ve had Tayls, and a little bit of Sammy.
“Dummett might be the one. We’ve also got Adam.
“That’s really and truly something that would be a big boost for everyone at the club.”
Newcastle-born Dummett was also eligible to play for England.
He qualifies for Wales because his father was born in the country.
Dummett signed a new one-year contract at United this summer.