After over half a year of talks, it’s finally official – Matty Longstaff has signed a new deal at Newcastle United!
The club have announced that the 20-year-old has put pen to paper over a two-year deal, with Matty believed to have turned down moves to the likes of Udinese, Leeds. and Brighton to remain on Tyneside.
Here’s what Matty’s had to say since the news was made official on NUFC.co.uk this morning:
“I’m delighted to have signed.
“It took a bit longer than I’d hoped but I’m really happy it’s done now, and I can’t wait to get back to playing at a full St. James’ Park hopefully soon.
“I spoke to Steve Bruce and we talked through it and it was a no-brainer after I spoke to him.
“He gave me my chance and I’m really looking forward to working with him and his coaching staff, who were all great with me.”
“Playing alongside Sean always makes it special so hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt with him and crack on.”
Steve Bruce has also commented on the deal now it’s been made official, revealing his ‘delight’ at finally securing the midfielder’s future:
“I’m delighted that he’s committed himself. It’s great to see a young local lad from North Shields staying with his boyhood club.
“It’s taken a while, but patience is a virtue and I’ve always said that I was quietly confident.
“We never want to lose our good young players and it’s an important time for Matty now.
“I do believe the speculation affected him, so let’s hope we get to see the real Matty, the one who burst onto the scene before last Christmas, and let’s see him come and perform to the level which we hope he can maintain.”
Good to have you back, Matty!