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Newcastle Pen Duo To New Three-Year Deals

Newcastle United have announced that both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have signed extensions with the club until 2023.

Both Jonjo and Matt were on deals that were due to expire next summer. There have been reports in the past few months that both players were very close to penning new deals.

Shelvey signed for Newcastle from Swansea during the 2016 winter window and is our leading scorer in the Premier League with five goals. The 28-year-old had this to say about securing his future as a Magpie:

“It feels like a home. The people here, ever since I came to the club, have made me feel so welcome.

“I’ve had some good times and some bad times here, but it’s mainly good and it’s just an enjoyable place to come in and work, and the city, in general, has been really good for me.”

Ritchie too joined Newcastle in 2016. However, it was during the summer as we prepared for a season in the Championship. The 30-year-old left Bournemouth and dropped down a division to become a Magpie.

Matt is also thrilled to have his future sorted out and remain with Newcastle.

“It’s obviously something that I wanted. “Since I came to the club, it’s been a successful period and one that I want to continue being involved in. Hopefully, I can be part of the future.

“When you sign at a club, you want to go there and make an impact, and if you can be part of that club moving forward for a long time, it’s something that is nice.

“I moved around in my younger years on loan but to come somewhere and get settled and be part of the progress of the football club is great.”

This is outstanding news for both Jonjo and Matt, who are two of Newcastle’s leaders on the pitch. They now have their futures at the club sorted and hopefully, there’ll be a few more extensions for other players to come.

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8 comments so far

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 6, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    OP taxi business mate. last thread.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 6, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    And the Longstaffs?

    Matty especially.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 6, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Good news to get two senior professionals tired down. Ritchie will become our new Brian kilcline, won’t play every week but will inspire the squad and give his all when he does come on. Let this new contract run down and make him a coach, which he’d do brilliantly.

    Shelvey’s still relatively young, has years left and would be worth thirty million or more if we chose to sell. He’s a uniquely gifted player in our squad also. Tying him down makes absolute sense.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 6, 2020 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    I wonder what wages they are on now if they have had a bump up or having reduced terms?

    Both have experience and I think both are popular in the dressing room Newcastle does need older heads especially if we are still going to bring in young foreign lads all the time!

    Not sure if either make our best 11 now though mind you when everyone is 100% match fit

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 6, 2020 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5


    Brian ‘Killer’ Kilcline, absolute legend!

    Could see Ritchie making a great coach, although I doubt many players would run to celebrate with him for fear of getting a good slapping.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 6, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Did they have religation clauses put in their new contracts?

    Asking for a friend, not Les

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 6, 2020 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    There’s two of Jail’s “they’ll let their contracts run down because they won’t give deals to older players” down the swanny.

    No doubt he’ll have some negative slant on the contracrs, ie.,

    “Well that just tells us we won’t be signing any midfielders in the summer… no way will the FCB bring any more young un’s in when he’s paying these two bench sittters.”

    Or something like that…

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 6, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Great news, club has acted professionally and properly.

    Ya well Billson, we all know that they took 75% pay cuts to continue to be a part of Jabba’s circus, yad yada.

    Well done Charnley.


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