Newcastle United have signed left-back Paul Dummett to a long-term contract extension which could run until 2022.
The 26-year-old has been a fixture in Rafael Benitez’s side since returning to action in December from a hamstring injury suffered during the opening game of the season.
Newcastle have won three and drawn four of their last nine games, while conceding only eight times, since Dummett returned and Benitez sees him as an essential member of his squad.
Benitez said: “If you talk about players that are important for the team, normally people talk about goalscorers, midfielders and number tens but in modern football, there are not too many consistent left-sided full-backs.
“Paul is exactly that; he understands the game and you know what you can expect from him week in, week out. That’s important when you have a lot of big games. He’s a player you can trust.
“He was unlucky to miss the first four months of the season through injury, but he’s a player who is quick to learn and knows his job really well. His return has given us more competition in a position where we did not have too much before, so we’re really pleased to keep him.”
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Dummett, who has been with the Magpies since the age of nine, has made over 100 appearances for the club since making his senior debut in January 2013.
Dummett told NUFC TV: “It’s my boyhood club and I’ve been a supporter for many years so to extend my stay at the club for even longer is really important to me.
“I’ve always wanted to stay here and the manager and the club have wanted to keep me so I’m really pleased to have signed the new contract and hopefully there are many more years to come.”