SHOLA Ameobi has signed an extension to his Newcastle United contract.
The long-serving striker – who was out of contract next summer – has signed on for two more years taking him to 2014.
Ameobi had been linked with a move away from St James’s Park this summer after talks on a new deal stalled.
However, manager Alan Pardew was keen to see the 29-year-old – who has scored 70 career goals for Newcastle – stay at the club.
Pardew see sAmeobi – who is starting his 12th first-team campaign at United – as a strong character on and off the field.
While he has brought in Demba Ba, and is still looking to sign another striker before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, Pardew also envisages Ameobi having a significant role to play over the coming seasons.
Ameobi was handed his debut by Sir Bobby Robson back in late 2000.
He went on to serve a succession of managers, battling injuries as well as defenders to take his career tally to 303 appearances for the club.
And Ameobi skippered Newcastle in their recent friendly at Leeds United in the absence of club captain Fabricio Coloccini.