‘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.
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.
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.”
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.”