Yesterday, Sean Longstaff made some comments about his contract situation. He admitted to ongoing discussions but was trying to concentrate on his football and working way back into the side after his suspension ends.
It did not, however, seem as though any breakthrough was imminent with a new deal for the 22-year-old. That is not the case with Sean’s younger brother Matty who just this week made his full debut for England under-20s against Iceland.
Matty Longstaff– lower left before full debut for England under-20
During his press conference this morning, Steve Bruce was asked about the progress on a new contract for Matty. This is what Steve Bruce had to say:
“All of them things are still ongoing. Young Matty has been away, as we know he’s played for England, represented his country, which we’re all delighted about.
“We’re quietly confident we’ll get that tied up over the next few weeks, but as I’ve said many times now, it seems to take forever. Even with a young lad like Matty, but we’re quietly confident that it will be OK.”
Despite having a multitude of players with expiring deals, only Martin Dubravka has signed an improved contract recently. Martin’s deal was not even one of the ones due to expire in the next few years.
There is still loads of work for Newcastle to do in getting some of the key members of the squad tied down. Matty’s situation is starting to reach a critical level as in January, he will have only six months left on his contract.
However, we are very confident as Steve Bruce has stated that a deal will get done for Matty. Since Bruce mentioned ‘the next few weeks’ in his statement, they must be close to reaching an agreement.
We also hope that new deals can be reached for players like Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar over the next few months as well.