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New Contract Talks Likely On The Agenda For 23-Year-Old – Report

Newcastle have three senior players who are in the final year of their contracts. Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett signed one-year extensions to 2022 over the summer while Sean Longstaff is in the final year of the deal he signed in December of 2019 before breaking into the first team.

The two local lads, Dummett and Longstaff, are likely ones Newcastle will look to tie down longer-term. It’s unclear what the club’s plans are for Fabian Schar. He’ll turn 30 in December and has not reached the same heights under Steve Bruce as he did in his first season on Tyneside with Rafa Benitez at the helm.

The same could be said for Sean Longstaff, who was linked with Rafa Benitez’s Everton in recent months. Bruce was asked about Sean Longstaff’s contract situation in July. He revealed that talks have not been revisited since they broke down early in Bruce’s tenure. This is what the head coach said at the time:

“I knew about Sean before I came here. There was a contract offered to him, but those talks have not been revisited. We hope he can go out and show us what he’s got.”

The Shields Gazette expects Newcastle to revisit talks with Sean soon in light of the recent interest from Everton and the fact that he could leave on a free next summer. This is what Miles Starforth writes in his report:

Benitez, now in charge of Everton, had been linked with a move for Longstaff last month, but the 23-year-old remained at United.

And there should now be some more urgency in terms of contract talks, as Longstaff will be able to leave on a free transfer next summer without any agreement. Benitez, among others, will be watching the situation closely.

While Starforth doesn’t exactly confirm new talks are on the agenda, it does stand to reason that Newcastle will not want to lose the 23-year-old for nothing after the season.

However, the club and player could still remain quite a ways apart on what Sean’s value is. He’s been very inconsistent over the past two years under Bruce after starring when he first broke into the first team in January of 2019.

An unfortunate knee injury ended his season after a nine-game string of starts where he really looked the part. He became the subject of a £35m move to Manchester United that summer.

Sean struggled to find the same form over the past few years. It culminated in him being frozen out for two months this past season before he came back into the fold in late March. He ended up making appearances in the campaign’s final 10 games.

It’s up to Longstaff to continue working hard to get the terms he feels he deserves on a new deal. Things are lining up for him to make a second straight start this weekend at Old Trafford. He must seize every opportunity that comes his way.

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149 comments so far

  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #41

    UTW, the PL are trying to claim that the processes involved in their O&D tests are internal and not within the scope of external competition authority.

    Personally, can’t see them getting away with that, but when have things ever worked out for us in these things?

  • hibbit

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #42

    we never had VAR decision over turned last season i believe ???

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #43

    Strange that Caldwell left. The U23s are top of league two. We are usually near the bottom.

    Although our u23 team looks to be far older than the other teams. Other teams are full of 17 year olds and seem to average 18 while ours are all older and average about 20.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #44

    Aye Cherry Brandy and Babycham was a great ladies stimulant, probably still is but do not over apply! 🙂

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #45


    Cheers for that explanation mate, I must have missed that somewhere, been busy.

    It’s like they’re saying they refuse to be regulated, no oversight, just do what they want 😆

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #46

    Yeah We all know we will get another pasting. In my eyes ain’t matter who he supports. A Premiership match should not be refereed by a guy who lives ten miles away bound to know meet, maybe socialises train at the local grounds

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #47

    It would just be typical Newcastle that the CAT case goes our way and we are rock bottom after 10 games with no wins what would happen then?

    Would PIF still be interested in a team who have a very real chance of relegation?

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #48

    If the Saudis came in January they could buy their way out of trouble.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #49


    Mbappe in January should sort that out as long as he’s not on penalty duty for us 😆

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #50

    We still must dream as this shizer can’t go on for ever!

  • martoon

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #51

    Essex Geordie Bill @44 – I seem to remember that combination of drink had a nick name that is not very PC these days but suffice to say the second word was dropper! (I hope I don’t incur the wrath of Tuff for joining in that conversation) 😆

  • WLtoon

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #52

    The Qatari`s rule football so it makes no difference what the PIF do imo because football is probably the most corrupt sport on the planet.
    The PL will cower down to anything that suits the Qatari`s narrative so for me the TO is dead.
    Just forget about new owners and move on lads n lasses, it will be more beneficial to your health.
    I feel sorry for Amanda, i think she has totally underestimated the stranglehold the filthy Qatari`s have in world football.
    Football as a fair contest is finished forever, and once the ESL is launched for real in the future, some of the so called Big clubs will realise that even they can`t compete, Arsenal and Spurs will find themselves constantly bottom of the so called super lge, and their fans , in time will feel there is no point in their team being in it, a bit like ourselves but at a higher level.
    Having said that, the Arse can`t even compete in the PL never mind a super lge.
    If we go down i hope we drag the bastards down with us.

  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #53

    LCBP, that’s the £340M question, right there.

    The consortium have maintained that they would still “be interested in us” as their interest is long term, but I’ve always assumed that there would be a caveat regarding the price.

    My personal feeling is that although MA wants to sell us for his full asking price, he wouldn’t care if we were relegated and had to settle for a much lower price, because that’s where the CAT case becomes important to him in deciding what he’s “lost” during the prevarication period.

    There is a strong possibility that it’s better for everyone to have us relegated, Ashley sells for lower price so the consortium get a better deal and can rebuild from the Championship. Ashley sues the PL via the CAT process for the difference, so he’s happy too.

    All in all probably better than trying to “survive” in PL with existing aging squad and poor coaching team.

  • lesh

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #54

    Uncertain Toon/World


    I think EPL are likely to argue that the CAT hearing in effect replicates the Arbitration case which they’ll likely say takes precedence over CAT and renders CAT unnecessary.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #55

    Found an interesting cherry product for some of you boys. But due to it’s labelling an explanation I think is needed.


    These cherries are labelled as “Just Tart Cherry”. This does not mean that they can only be eaten by tarts (naughty ladies of the night/ naughty ladies of the boudoir).

    But of course tart refers to the cherries being sour or acidic.

  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #56

    Martoon, I’ve been studiously avoiding that phrase throughout the conversation in order to keep it PC! 😀

  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #57

    Mr T, I’m glad to see it’s “pasteurised for your safety”

    Good to know your cherry’s in good hands. 😀

  • lesh

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #58


    Was it jaw dropper or maybe price dropper? 🙂

    Don’t worry about Tuff, he needs to vent his spleen as a matter of necessity. Don’t take it personally.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #59


    You have the right idea mate, you will be better of watching the all Ireland final this weekend instead of putting yourself through 90 minutes of sheer torture witnessing Bruceless attempt at what might be something similar to Custer`s last stand.

  • martoon

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #60

    To football and it looks like the earlier link I posted about Ronaldo not being eligible for Saturday (from the Sun) was rubbish as he doesn’t look like he’s isolating here:

  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #61

    Martoon, there’s no way he’s not getting on the pitch at some time on Saturday, all the media have it as a bigger event than the 2nd coming. I doubt they’ll even notice we are there. 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #62

    WL, forget the match, just bring your missus and good self down the Shields on Saturday, you’ll have a great day out. 🙂

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 7, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #63

    EGM & UTW, don’t forget Snowballs!

  • WLtoon

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #64


    I might just do that, the match will be the last thing on my mind

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #65

    Like pretty much everyone else I have no idea if any of this is relevant or if its positive.

    Not going to read to much into it.

    Too many false dawns for my liking, sick of getting dressed up and having no where to go, if ya catch my drift.

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #66

    I’m hoping for a bit of after the Lord mayor’s show with Ronaldo.

    They’ve a few out and expectations will be pretty high, maybe just maybe the nervous tension will be their undoing.

    I’m in no way confident but for some reason I feel we’ll get a result.

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #67

    I voted for a win, why not?

    I’ve seen us win many games we shouldn’t have and games we were told we had no chance in.

    Foot Ronaldo and the donkey he rode into town on.

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #68

    I can still dream!

    Ashley can’t Rob me of that!

  • Mag52

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #69

    Name dropper ?


    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #70

    The list of outcomes Uncertain listed isn’t a given even if Ashley wins the CAT case, they’re what Ashley is claiming for not what he’s going to win. It’s up to the judge and he could award anything from all of them to none of them.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #71


    I was thinking that a while back, arguing it’s being duplicated. Can arbitration award damages though?
    EPL just keep kicking the can down the road, round and round the houses until parties become fatigued and sack it all off and it disappears.
    Hopefully they’ve met there match in Ashley and he keeps going, but he’ll be conscious of how much it’s all costing him. I don’t buy into the idea that the club is paying the legal bills, the entity the PIF want to purchase.
    They could be paying the legal fees however or halfers

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #72

    Who does have jurisdiction over the PL?

    It should be the fans.

    There wouldn’t be a PL FA or football without the fans.

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #73

    The Government won’t step in, PL say CAT have no jurisdiction and it looks like a runaway Jury where arbitration is concerned.

    It’ll probably be easier to take the six to court, seems they’re the only ones the PL take notice of.

    Banging our heads against the wall seems the only course of action

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #74

    I am paying absolutely no attention to that latest companies codswallop in any way shape or form. I’m footin sick of it all.

  • thereallowickmag

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #75

    Club must be getting wind of a potential protest.
    Releasing statements, de Marco tweeting black and white pictures and some random company being updated.
    Ashley hates protests. People think they don’t work. The very thought of them gets the club PR into over drive.


    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #76

    Nick De Marco took months collating evidence for the arbitration only for said evidence not to be disclosed properly hence an adjournment till early 2022.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #77


    If they give damages though they must give injunction coz that’s what the damages are for?

    If they give the injunction and no compo then there’s inherent losses is there not as to what that sale price money was to be used for. And the interest. Why won’t the EPL just haveit out in court and square this nonsense away, what are they scared of?
    And at what point do the other EPL teams outside the shyster 6 start asking the EPL how much all this legalise is costing them? coz it’s their coin.

  • captainmarvel

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #78

    As far as I understand it the only appeal/s on a CAT case are 1. On a point of law and 2. The amount of award. The overall decision stands. (No appeal).


    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #79

    Uncertain this is why it would have been better to have the arbitration first. A decision against us in that would have put more meat on the bone, as it is the Premier league in essence haven’t actually said no to anything, they offered arbitration at the time which the PIF walked away from.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 7, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #80

    Think I read somewhere about the Qatari’s being the largest land and property owner in London, that’ll get you a seat at a lot of tables no doubt 🙁


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