PAUL Dummett has revealed he hopes to spend the rest of his career at Newcastle United after signing a new contract.
Academy products Dummett, and Conor Newton, both put pen to paper on one-year deals, joining another youngster Michael Richardson.
The pair agreed to stay at St James’s Park despite interest from other clubs, sparked by their successful loan spells at St Mirren last season, where they helped the Buddies win the Scottish Communities League Cup.
Dummett, who hails from Cramlington, said there was ‘never any doubt in my mind’ that he would stay at the club.
But he admits he may have to go out on loan again in order to gain further experience and impress Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear.
He said: “I got offered the contract a while ago, but have been away on holiday and not been long back, so I’m happy to get it signed and sorted.
“There was never any doubt in my mind that I was going to sign. I’m from Newcastle, it’s the team I support and it’s every boy’s dream to sign for Newcastle.
“It’s the club I want to play for, and I would like to stay for the rest of my life.”
The left-back was a hit in the Scottish Premier League last season, so much so that St Mirren wanted to sign him permanently, while Glasgow giants Celtic were also linked with both him and his big pal Newton.
Dummett could head out again once the season has started, possibly to a Championship club, but for now he just wants to catch Pardew’s eye when the first team return to training next week.
“I’m not sure what’s happening,” he said. “I just want to go back into pre-season and try to impress.
“I think another loan would help me improve again. My time at St Mirren helped me a lot.
“The loan spell helped me with playing regular first-team football and it made me a better player.”