Newcastle United ‘hope’ to announce another new contract after Paul Dummett news
Sean Longstaff is out-of-contract at Newcastle United this summer - but Eddie Howe wants the midfielder to stay.
Eddie Howe remains hopeful that Sean Longstaff will commit his future to Newcastle United.
The Geordie midfielder is the only first-team player now out-of-contract this summer after Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett‘s deals were extended in the last seven days.
Howe has always spoken very highly of Longstaff, despite the 24-year-old starting just for matches since his appointment as head coach in November.
Assurances over playing time next season will undoubtedly be at the forefront of negotiations - and Howe hopes he has done enough to convince Longstaff that his future lies with his boyhood club.
“I hope we can get a positive resolution with Sean,” Howe told NewcastleWorld. “Hopefully, that one is moving quite well and in the right direction.
“But obviously, until he’s signed the contract, I can’t say for definite.”
It was announced on Thursday evening that Dummett had signed a one-year extension at St James’ Park.
The 30-year-old has amassed over 200 appearances since making his United debut in January 2013, although has been restricted to just three outings in 2021/22 through a calf injury.
“(He’s) a great personality and Newcastle through and through,” Howe said when asked about his decision to retain Dummett’s services. “He loves the club, loves everything connect with the club and I think it’s very important characters in the squad are of the highest quality and I think Paul is.
“He’s still got a lot to offer on the pitch as well. I’ve been really pleased to see him stay fit for a sustained period of time and he’s trained very well. You have to remember back to the Leeds game, which was a pivotal game for us, he played with very minimal training time that day and I thought he was outstanding against a very difficult opponent.
“He’s played his part in our success. I’m delighted he’s staying.”