Eddie Howe reveals why Newcastle United handed a new contract to Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett has signed a new one-year contract with Newcastle United.

<p>Newcastle United left-back Paul Dummett has signed a new contract on Tyneside. </p>

Newcastle United left-back Paul Dummett has signed a new contract on Tyneside.

Newcastle United have announced that Paul Dummett has signed a one-year contract extension.

The Geordie defender, who made his senior debut in January 2013, came through the youth ranks after joining the Magpies academy aged eight.

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Dummett has made over 200 appearances for United - and will look to build on that total over the next 12 or so months.

The 30-year-old has been restricted to just three appearances this season after recovering from a calf injury during the first half of the campaign.

On penning his new contract, Dummett said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the football club and the city so I’m delighted to be committing another year here and staying at my boyhood club.

“I’m immensely proud that next season will be my tenth involved with the first team and I’m really looking forward to being part of what is a big season to come. Howay the lads!”

Howe, despite Dummett’s lack of playing, has long expressed a strong desire to keep the former Gateshead and St Mirren loanee at St James’ Park.

The Newcastle head coach added: “Paul is a consummate professional who has given so much to this club and I’m delighted he will be staying with us.

“He is a player and a person I like very much. He leads by example both in the dressing room and on the pitch and I’m pleased to retain someone with his positive influence and defensive capabilities.”

Dummett’s contract was originally set to expire this summer.