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Steve Bruce Confident On Contract Breakthrough For Young Lion

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.

40 comments so far

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #1

    With this version of Newcastle I will believe it when it is done.

    Everything takes forever because the hierarchy don’t really care and are always on the look out for a profit.

    SB = yes man mouth piece

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    First by the way

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m totally convinced by Joelinton.

    Convinced he’s not a striker and convinced he won’t score ten goals this year even if he took ten penalties.

  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Asi Fish – We know our hierarchy have many faults but I think you’re being a little harsh. Footballer’s contracts are complex these days with agents trying to get the best deal on image rights, sell on clauses and such like as well as obviously the highest pay for their clients so I can imagine there has to be a fair amount of negotiation and scrutinising.

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #5

    urban dictionary

    1. a very very very very VERY bad joke,
    2. something that one speaks when it least fits the situation,

    both definitions seem to fit this alt perfectly

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Training yesterday
    No sign of Yedders
    But probably a bit soon
    He was in the Caribbean Tuesday pm


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7


    Good question, on the odd chance that we get awarded another one I’d be tempted to let Miggy or Minimaxi just to give them a starter.

    The sensible option though would possibly be Shelvey or Clarke, he could take it with his head!

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    martoon – valid point and there is no doubt a lot more involved than i am aware of but i do not trust our hierarchy to the point that I will believe it when it is done.

    I would have thought that the brothers would want to stay here on new deals for at least the immediate future as they are together, playing for their team and building up their own profiles.

    I suppose that MA etc. would want new deals so they can sell for more in the future but everything seems to take so long under MA unless he wants it done.

    Probably am being harsh mate and shooting from the hip but the mistrust they have created clouds the vision.

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Great to see Toon players in the national strip at any level but i wonder when the next senior England call up will be?

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    EGB …

    ok i’ll top asking TOOL22 about plastics in the oceans , i’ll ask him about sun spots sunflares ect . then ill ask him doe’she cook his own beans on toast …


  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11

    DOE’S HE *

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Woah – Jib Jibberish on the attack again with his insults after I posted my opinion about Joelinton. Note opinion.

    Robleenio – it is true I also did not rate Rondon – even though his goals saved us. My opinion.

    Cannot be too long before Brucie “rests” Joelinton.

    Just my opinion – even though it appears others without any critical observations of said player , must believe the opposite. Or are they just keeping their powder dry for the time being. Come on give an assessment of him!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    i think Joelintons won the second most headers for a striker and is in the top 5 overall or thereabouts. But Joselu had similar heading stats. Not much comes from these headers. while hes adapting to the pace hed benefit from playing out wide where theres more space and his touch wont be punished.

    looking at the positives 35m plus is better value than slimani at 25m plus.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Tinytom Cruise – ref marine life being killed.

    The bloody Dutch are fishing the shallow sandbanks off the east coast with massive trawlers. Not just ordinary trawlers but ones that electrocute everything on the seabed. There is no escape.

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Mr Tuff Shoe’s …

    whats trawlers got to do with plastic ?…

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17

    First 12 games of new managers under Ashley

    Joe Kinnear 18 points 4 wins, 6 draws, 2 losses.
    Alan Pardew 17 points – 4 wins, 5 draws, 3 losses
    Steve Bruce 15 points, 4 wins, 3 draws, 5 losses.

    Kinnear in – Bruce out 🙂 ;D 😀

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #18

    geordietom – hahah hopefully we won’t be asking Linton to play defence anytime soon 😀

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    mindshaft …

    didn’t know big andy was that good n the deck …

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #20

    on the deck *

  • stan anderson

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #21

    RobLenio,not a chance I would celebrate a goal against my team.It hurts more than I can explain when we lose against the Mackems and it would never happen that I,d dance and celebrate a goal against us by any team.
    It’s in the blood I suppose.

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    te debate about celebrating when your teams scores , i can understand it when a player doesn’t celebrate when he score’s against his former club , but a manager who has never played for our team ( ok he’s a geordie ) i cant see why he shouldn’t celebrate . caught up in the heat of the moment i suppose …

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #23

    stan, that’s the point isn’t it? Once you’re playing for / managing a different team, the team you supported is no longer ‘your team’. I’ll never, as a supporter, celebrate a goal against NUFC (alright, there was that one that Leicester scored when we were 7-0 up, but that was ironic and I was p!ssed) but if I was on the pitch in some capacity for the opposition then it’s surely a different kettle of fish altogether.

    I know what you’re saying about Bruce, but you’d have to make it universal. Did Michael Carrick celebrate a goal against us? How about Steve Stone? Graham Fenton did for sure, and his goals effectively ended our title challenge.

    Are these guys all traitors too? What about Gazza or Chris Waddle? Peter Beardsley? I bet they all celebrated when they or their teams scored against us.

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #24

    robleenio #23

    you can add Shearer to that list mate when he was at blackburn …

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #25


    I recall saying years ago that AC had a lot more about him than heading ability, plus he’s got a lethal shot on him as well.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Mr Tuff

    From what we’ve seen of him so far I think he has good hold up play and he wins a lot in the air, even if he was dropped in the short term I reckon it won’t be long before he starts to do the business for us.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #28

    I vividly remember Guardiola going nuts on the touch-line
    at the City stadium about 3 years ago when Gundogan scored
    MC’s first against Barcelona. (City 3 Barca 1)

    PG is a Catalan , went through Barcas youth system, captained them
    and then managed Barcelona to just about trophy it’s possible to win.

    Pep the traitor – clearly

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    EGB – re Joelinton – playing with his back to goal is clearly not his forte. Loses most duels.
    (Jib – that does not mean Joelinton is having a duel with pistols or swords with an opposition player).

    Seems better facing the goal or having a run at defences,

  • Genjikai

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #30

    If you want to keep up to date with the magpie groups actions, protests, plans. Sign up to the mail service.


  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Geordie Tom

    Tiny parts of plastic are in phytoplankton and krill have been for years.

    That’s some of the smallest parts of the food chain, its even in the food chain in Antarctica.

    Everything that comes up in the trawlers has plastic in it, all the fish crabs etc, once you eat it you do!

    We’ve polluted the planet so much that our current efforts to save the it are like pissing on the Amazon fire, pointless.

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #32

    jib …

    only in TOOL22’s eyes mate …

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #33

    OP …

    canny bit of googling there mate 😉

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Saint- Max on BBC Newcastle total sport tonight 6.00
    Get your questions in

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib – blog trouble maker.

    You may have seen recently posters talking about teams “pressing”.

    This means one team are trying to attack/forcing the opposition back.

    It has nothing to do with the game being stopped for a short period to allow players to do their laundry.

    No need to relay your thanks -consider it a friendly gesture – to someone who clearly has trouble with football nomenclature being a latecomer to the game.

  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #36

    OP …

    do you still eat fish or shell fish ? me i aint ate fish for years , but i do like mussel’s done in vinegar with some cracked black pepper…

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Krill (zooplankton) have recently been found to have the
    ability to digest small pieces of plastic.
    They could turn out to be the saviours of the oceans

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #38

    I seem to have pushed the blog chump’s buttons

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Villa news
    Ørjan Nyland is being readied for his first PL start as
    Tom Heaton struggles to overcome a calf complaint.
    The Norwegian international is 3rd choice keeper

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 21, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Mister tuff
    Re Joelinton! Absolutely clueless and he’ll never score goals!


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