This comes after Martin Dubravka committed to a new SIX-year-deal yesterday, suggesting there’s more work being done behind the scenes on the contract front.
Bruce, who has been speaking ahead of Sunday’s game with Wolves, also suggested that two of the players in question are Longstaff brothers Matty and Sean – and stated that he was ‘quietly confident’ both would sign:
“Lee (Charnley) is in discussions with two or three others beyond Martin (Dubravka) as well about new deals.
“I’m quietly confident on the Longstaffs.
“Martin’s been marvellous and we’re delighted he’s signed a new deal.
Securing the future of younger brother Matty is essential for Charnley and NUFC, with the 19-year-old’s contract due to expire at the end of the season as things stand.
Older brother Sean had been rumoured to be stalling over a six-year deal, but these latest comments suggest both should put pen to paper.
Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Fabian Schar have also been tipped to sign new deals, so Charnley is expected to be a busy man the next couple of months, with 8 other first-team player’s contracts also due to expire at the end of the season.
Before Dubravka put pen to paper yesterday, just 7 of Newcastle’s 25 man squad were on contracts longer than 18 months. Added to January transfer preparations, Charnley could finally be made to work for the pay packet he is picking up at the club.
With players like Ritchie now on the wrong side of 30, it seems unlikely the club will offer the former Bournemouth man a lengthy deal, but it remains important to get players like Matt tied down to the club given what they bring both on and off the pitch. Let’s hope the club realises this.
Hopefully Dubravka signing the dotted line is the first of many!