Newcastle United offer goal hero Paul Dummett a new deal

Newcastle United have offered Paul Dummett a new contract, The Journal understands

Paul Dummett celebrates after scoring against Liverpool
Paul Dummett celebrates after scoring against Liverpool

Newcastle United have offered Paul Dummett a new contract, The Journal understands.

The 22-year-old’s current deal ends next June after the club handed him a one-year agreement this summer following his return from a near season-long loan spell at St Mirren.

He scored his first goal in only his second Premier League appearance for the Magpies during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool at St James’ Park.

The Journal understands the versatile defender is now mulling over the offer of a new four-year contract with an option to extend the arrangement by a further two years.

Either way, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is delighted by Dummett’s progress and insists that, despite close-season reports suggesting otherwise, he was never likely to be allowed to join the Paisley club on a permanent basis.

Pardew said: “He was never going to St Mirren permanently, never.

“It was never in our plans. We always had good reports back.

“We are not particularly well covered at left-back but Paul offered that pre-season and Davide (Santon) knew he was under massive pressure. He was pushing him hard.

“He gained his reward today (Saturday) and I have no qualms about putting him in. I have thought about sticking him in midfield as well, where I think he can be a bit of a destroyer in certain games. There are a number of roles he can play.

“He is ready and he showed me that, but I think Steven (Taylor) with one leg will tell me he is OK for the (Wear-Tyne) derby. I will make the call on Thursday.”

Following his maiden United goal, Dummett was spotted at one point in a touchline conversation with his manager.

Pardew explained: “He came over to tell me the player he was marking (at set-pieces, Mamadou Sakho) had gone off, so I said to him ‘well, mark someone bigger then’.

“We all had a bit of a chuckle about it because we all knew he had gone off too.

“Most players just adjust to that but there is a lovely naivety about him. He is such a lovely boy, trust me and we know him and his dad (Ian) really, really well and his family must be pleased as punch with him.”

Dummett added: “Every boy in this area wants to play for United and wants to score goals.

“I’ve scored at the Gallowgate End and it’s something no one can take away from you. I didn’t know what to do when I scored – it was crazy!”

Newcastle’s other goal came from Yohan Cabaye, his first at St James’ since a £10 million summer bid by Arsenal led to his refusal to play against Manchester City and West Ham United.

While Pardew opted against handing him the captaincy in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini - who may be struggling for Sunday’s trip to Sunderland - the United boss believes the Frenchman has won his place back in the hearts of the Toon Army.

Pardew added: “I think we are over that but, again, with the captaincy, I thought ‘Hmmm, not quite right just yet.

I am sure he will be captain of this club at some point.

“He was magnificent today, a real class act and he keeps reminding us he is a special player.”

Pardew (below) instead chose Cheick Tiote as his skipper, adding: “I am not sure if he was surprised but I could tell he was pleased.

“Some players can grow with the captaincy and he did and he will certainly carry it now as we go forward without Coloccini.

“I know he got the armband and perhaps there was a bit of a story around him, but I thought he was brilliant at Cardiff (City) as well, so he has shown signs this year of rediscovering his best form. Today was not a one-off.”

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