CONOR Newton’s back where he belongs at Newcastle United – and determined to seize his chance.
The midfielder has signed a new one-year contract extension at the club.
And Newton – who spent the second half of last season on loan at St Mirren – is determined to hit the ground running in pre-season.
The club’s squad trained together for the first time today after a series of fitness tests.
Newton – who scored in St Mirren’s Scottish League Cup final win over Heart of Midlothian – is looking to use the experience he gained on loan north of the border.
“Playing in Scotland has given me that vital experience of playing first-team football week in, week out,” said the 21-year-old.
“It can only hold me in good stead for the future. Reserve team football only gets you so far. The SPL is a competitive league, and it has really benefited my game.”
Defender Paul Dummett – who has also agreed a one-year extension to his deal – was at St Mirren with Newton.
And the pair are hoping to feature when Alan Pardew takes a United XI to St Mirren Park on July 30, with the two clubs having forged a strong link last season.
“It’ll be good to go back there,” said Newton, who could be loaned out again this season for more first-team experience.
“I had a great experience at St Mirren. Hopefully, I’ll be getting my chance in pre-season, and I’ll be part of the team that night.
“For now, it’ll be about getting my head down and working hard in pre-season training.” Newcastle have also handed new deals to Academy products Michael Richardson, Jak Alnwick, Jonathan Mitchell and Alex Gilliead.
And Willie Donachie, United’s reserve-team coach, has high hopes for them.
“They’re all good lads – I’ve known them since they were 17 or 18,” Donachie told the Gazette.
“It’s been good seeing them develop. It’s thanks to their hard work.
“I can see them going on and having really good careers in football, and hopefully the Premier League.
“The standards are getting higher and higher, but if they keep working, I can see them playing in the Premier League.
“We’re there to help them. It’s completely down to them as to how far they will go.
“They’ve got good attitudes, and a good work ethic. I’m delighted for them.”