It’s a little bit of a surprise to us, but 21 year-old local lads Conor Newton and Paul Dummett have both agreed new deals to stay at Newcastle, according to Sky Sports.
Conor Newton and Paul Dummett – at St. Mirren
They look good in black and white stripes
Both lads were born and bred in Newcastle, and they had offers from St. Mirren, where they both played on loan last season and both got rave reports, and there was also said to be some interest from Celtic.
The two lads had talked about it being a big decision they both had to make – and we thought they may sign deals at St. Mirren.
But it looks like the draw of their home town club was just too much for them, and both have signed one year deals at Newcastle – and their dreams of one day playing for Newcastle live on.
Dummett made 36 appearances for St Mirren in two stints at the club last season and scored two goals, and Newton featured in 20 games with 3 goals since he joined the Scottish Premier Club in January.
And it looks like Newcastle will again loan both players out next season – this time to a Championship club – where they can gain more first team experience.
Sky Sports is reporting that a number of Championship clubs have contacted Newcastle about the availability of the two players.
It seems Birmingham, Bolton, Huddersfield Town and Doncaster are interested in the players, and they could end up on loan at one of those clubs, but it’s unlikely they will both go to the same club next season – although we suppose it’s always possible.
It’s really a win-win for Newcastle and the youngsters, in that they continue to get first team experience and continue with their development, and at some point they will get a chance to show they are capable of making it in the Newcastle first team
And what happens next is really due to two things – one short-term and one longer-term – how well they play in pre-season training, and then how well they perform out on loan next season.
But both local lads did themselves no harm at all at St. Mirren last season, and it’s probably a blueprint Newcastle will be following more with their top youngsters.
This is good news, and the bond between St. Mirren and Newcastle is being strengthened with Newcastle playing a pre-season friendly at Love Street on 30th July.
Joe Kinnear should also be following the two players next season, since one of his jobs as Director of Football is to bring young lads through to the first team – and we haven’t had too much success at that over the last five seasons.
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