Fergie thrilled to sign for Newcastle

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew tied up the future of one of his most promising prospects as Shane Ferguson signed a new five-year contract.

Just days after it was revealed that key midfielder Joey Barton will not be offered an extension, the 19-year-old Northern Irishman has committed his future to the club.

Ferguson said: “I’m really happy. I’ve enjoyed this season so much and the new contract has just been the icing on the cake for me.

“It’s a great thrill to play for the club and the support I have had from the fans since making my debut really means a lot so I’m just delighted to be with Newcastle for the next five years now.”

Ferguson follows in the footsteps of the likes of Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Nile Ranger in putting pen to paper on a long-term deal.