PAUL Dummett has signed a new long-term contract at Newcastle United.
The 22-year-old has agreed a deal which could keep him at St James’s Park for the next six years.
Dummett broke into Alan Pardew’s first-team squad this season after a successful loan spell at St Mirren last term.
The Newcastle-born player scored his first goal for the club against Liverpool earlier this month.
He said: “I am delighted to secure my long term future with Newcastle United.
“Like so many local lads, it has been my boyhood dream to play for this club.
“Now I am looking forward to repaying their faith in me and working hard to be the best possible player I can be.
“This is a great moment for my family and so many others who have supported me over the years, and I would like to thank them all.”
Pardew added: “Paul fully deserves his new contract, and we’re delighted for him.
“He has been with us since the age of nine, progressing through our Academy, which is great testament to the work they do in developing young players.
“It also demonstrates to youngsters in the region that a pathway exists for them, provided they have the right attitude, commitment and ability, to move through the ranks into the first team.
“He has made great progress in the last year, benefitting enormously from his spell at St Mirren last year.
“His performances this season for us have been first class, and we were all delighted he scored his first goal for the club against Liverpool, and a very important one at that.”
Dummett is sidelined with a hamstring injury, and won’t be involved against Chelsea at St James’s Park this afternoon.