Eddie Howe explains new Newcastle United contract move

Eddie Howe has revealed why he handed Paul Dummett a new Newcastle United contract.

Saturday, 7th May 2022, 7:00 am

The defender this week signed a new one-year deal ahead of the summer expiry of his contract.

Dummett – who missed most of 2020 through injury – has only made two starts since Howe took charge last November, but the club’s head coach has seen enough – on and off the pitch – to convince him the the 30-year-old still has a lot to offer his hometown club.

Asked about the deal, United’s head coach said: “Great, great personality, Newcastle through and through. Loves the club, loves everything connected with the club.

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"I think it’s very, very important that the characters of the squad are of the highest quality, and I think Paul is. I still think he’s got a lot to offer on the pitch as well.

"I’ve been really pleased to see him stay fit for a sustained period of time. He’s trained very well.

"You have to remember back to the Leeds game, a pivotal game for us this season. In the moment where we were in a very difficult situation, I think he played with minimal training time that day, and I think he was outstanding against a very difficult opponent.

"He’s played his part in our success, and I’m delighted he’s staying.”

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has signed a new deal.

Dummett tweeted: “Honoured to commit another year at my boyhood club. Incredibly proud that next season will be my 10th year with the first team, something I could have only dreamt about. Next season is going to be huge for the club and city, I'm so excited to be part of it.”