NEWCASTLE United prospect Paul Dummett is determined to grab his big chance to impress Alan Pardew this summer.
The 21-year-old will report back for pre-season training today having put pen to paper on a new one-year contract last week.
Dummett was out of contract at the end of the season, and had a number of offers to move elsewhere after impressing on a loan spell at St Mirren last season.
But Newcastle were keen to keep him – as well as midfielder Conor Newton, who also starred at the Buddies on loan – and offered both players a new deal.
The duo both signed it, and now Dummett is determined to show manager Alan Pardew that he is worth the contract, and push for a first-team place next season.
“The coaches must see a bit in me but now I need to show them a lot more,” said the defender.
“This is my big opportunity.
“I’m going to go back (to pre-season training) and work hard.”
Dummett is already firmly on Pardew’s radar, having made a surprise first-team debut last season in the disastrous FA Cup third round tie at Brighton.
Having seen his first loan spell at St Mirren expire in January, Dummett was recalled to Newcastle with the club in the midst of an injury crisis.
he travelled to the South Coast with the first team, and found himself on the bench as Pardew was forced to put a youthful team out for the tie.
And when James Perch was injured just before the break, Dummett was plunged into the fray at left-back for the second half.
Despite United crashing out of the competition with a 2-0 defeat, Dummett didn’t let anyone down, and admits it has made him want to be a success at Newcastle even more.
“I didn’t expect that (debut) to happen,” he said.
“I got recalled for that game and just thought I’d be on the bench. I didn’t think I’d be getting on that early, at half-time.
“I was buzzing to go on and make my debut for my home-town team.
“It’s something I’ll never forget, and my shirt is all framed in the house.
“That gave me a little taste, and now I want to get more. I’m 21 now, and it’s up to me.
“I just want to go back into pre-season and try to impress.”
The players will report back to the Benton training ground over the next few days for fitness testing, before training as a group for the first time on Saturday.