Eddie Howe has revealed that the club are in talks with Sean Longstaff and Paul Dummett over potential new deals at St James’ Park.
Both are out of contract at the end of the season and have struggled for game time since the former Bournemouth boss replaced Steve Bruce, however it seems he’s keen to keep both local lads ahead of the 2022/23 season.
This comes barely an hour after Fabian Schar signed a two-year extension on Tyneside, seeing Howe praise the Swiss international he describes as a “hugely important player” on and off the pitch.
So, he has signed until 2024, and it seems two more new deals could be on the way.
Howe has confirmed that we’ve been talking to Longstaff’s people “for a while” and hope to reach a “successful conclusion” soon, suggesting he could be the next to commit his future.
As for Dummett, many are surprised to see the 44-year-old move to keep the 30-year-old. He’s not only injury prone and way down the pecking order, but a player who has started just twice under Howe and been left out of his matchday squad over the last two weeks.
Nevertheless, here’s what the NUFC boss had to say about all three earlier today:
Howe on Sean Longstaff:
“We’ve been talking with him and representatives for a while.
“We hope that we can reach a successful conclusion there.
Howe on Paul Dummett:
“With Paul Dummett, we’re keen for him to stay.
“Fingers crossed we can find a positive resolution.”
Howe on Fabian Schar:
“I really like him as a player and he’s performed very well.
“Everyone knows how he’s technically a very good footballer but he’s proved he can defend very effectively within the team structure.
“I’m delighted with him. He’s been the ultimate professional off the pitch as well.
“He’s been a big part of the leadership within the team as well, so I think he’s a role model for the younger players to look at in terms of how to conduct yourself.
“Delighted with him personally in terms of what he’s given me and our relationship is strong, so I’m really pleased.”