‘Huge’ Newcastle United player set for contract extension

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is set to trigger a one-year contract extension at the club.

Shelvey’s current contract at Newcastle is set to expire at the end of the current season. But the 30-year-old will earn a one-year extension on his deal once he makes his 200th appearance for the club.

Shelvey – who signed for Newcastle from Swansea City for £12million in January 2016 – is currently on 199 appearances for The Magpies. Should he feature against Southampton this Sunday (2pm kick-off), an extension clause understood to be worth around £3million will be triggered.

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The midfielder hasn’t started a match for United so far this season after picking up a serious hamstring injury at Benfica in pre-season.

Newcastle player Jonjo Shelvey comes on a substitute for Fabian Schar during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St. James Park on October 29, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

But he returned to the matchday squad in October and was brought off the bench by Eddie Howe in the recent wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, taking his appearance tally to 199.

Ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, Shelvey revealed the clause in his contract.

“I’ve got three games to get another year, and hopefully I should do that this season,” he said back in July. “I mean, I’d be a bit worried if I didn’t!

"At the end of the day you’re always playing for a new contract, and I’m not thick, I’m not getting younger. You just want to be part of it.

"The only way for this club is up – and a lot of people would want to be in my shoes. Positivity’s great around the club. We went through a really bad spell.

"I’ve been six-and-a-half years now, we know what the craic is around the city – and what you can and can’t do.”

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Although Shelvey hasn’t played much of a role in Newcastle's impressive start to the season so far, head coach Howe insists he remains a ‘huge player’ in his plans.

When asked what sort of role the midfielder will play, Howe responded: “A big one. I think Jonjo’s a huge personality, he’s a huge player.”

"With more training and building of his fitness levels, he’s got a big part to play in the coming weeks.”