ALAN Pardew is reluctant to loan out Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett - after seeing the defender underline his progress at Fir Park.
Dummet - who spent the bulk of last season on loan at St Mirren - started last night’s 4-2 win over Motherwell.
And the 21-year-old impressed on his return north of the border.
Dummett crossed for Newcastle’s fourth goal - a close-range effort from Sylvain Marveaux - and lasted the full 90 minutes.
A number of clubs, including St Mirren, are keen to take Dummett on loan this season, but Pardew could keep him on Tyneside for the coming season.
“The real bonus has been the lad who has been bonus of the first week of pre-season – Paul Dummett,” Pardew told SportMail.
“He’s really showing up well. He’s giving (Davide) Santon a run.
“It is great to see one of our young lads from the Academy putting pressure on.”
Dummett - who has made one competitive appearance for Newcastle - signed a new one-year deal at St James’s Park this summer.
And Pardew feels he can make an impression over the coming months.
He said: “Even he doesn’t make that starting XI.
“I really am considering keeping him for the season, because he’s really close.
“If he can back that performance up with a couple more, he’ll be in with a shout.”