PAUL Dummett has already exceeded his pre-season expectations at Newcastle United – but he’s not about to rest on his laurels.
The defender made a first-team breakthrough early in the campaign.
And Dummett scored a memorable goal in the home game against Liverpool.
The boyhood Newcastle fan was rewarded with a new long-term deal by the club after impressing in the first few months of the season.
Now the 22-year-old – who spent the bulk of last season on loan at St Mirren – is looking to add to his nine first-team appearances between now and the end of the campaign.
Dummett was in the squad for this afternoon’s Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Italy international Davide Santon has been United’s first-choice left-back for the past two years, and Dummett and Massadio Haidara are pushing him hard.
“I didn’t expect to be involved as much as I have been,” said Dummett, speaking at the launch of the Discovery Museum’s Toon Times exhibition.
“I was involved quite a lot before I got injured.
“I’m back involved now, and I’d love to play a few more games.
“Hopefully, I’ll be involved for the rest of the season, and we can finish strongly.”
Dummett came off the bench in last weekend’s 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby defeat to Sunderland, and the Wales Under-21 international is hopeful Newcastle can draw a line under that afternoon over the comning weeks.
The team remains eighth in the Premier League, having performed admirably in the first half of the campaign.
And the challenge for Pardew and his depleted squad is to pressure the teams above them in the table.
“We’ve got to put that behind us and think about the games coming up,” said Newcastle-born Dummett, who can also play in central defence.
“We’ve got to stick together as a team, and if we can do that, we can pull off victories.
“When you play as a team, you get results. We showed that in the first half of the season. We just want to finish the season off well.”
Dummett was joined at the launch of Toon Times, which is being staged at the Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle, between now and October, by past and present Newcastle players.
The exhibition, which features artefacts and interactivce exhibits, charts the history of the club.
“There’s a lot of history, past and present, at the exhibition,” said Dummett.
“Players like Alan Shearer who was my hero growing up – and Bob Moncur are a big part of the club’s history, and it’s fascinating reading stories from the past.”
Toon Times was commissioned by Newcastle Utd Foundation in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums. Admission is free.