LEFT-BACK Paul Dummett is determined to force his way into Alan Pardew’s plans at Newcastle United – after getting his pre-season off to a flying start.
The defender won praise from Pardew for his performance in Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Motherwell.
After the game, Pardew said he would be unwilling to loan out the 21-year-old, who spent the bulk of last season at St Mirren and signed a new one-year deal at St James’s Park this summer.
For his part, Dummett is only focused on the next game, with Newcastle – who flew to Portugal yesterday for a week-long training camp – taking on Rio Ave on Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to Portugal. Hopefully, I’ll get another opportunity,” Dummett said.
“I just want to play as well as I can so the manager can make the best decision on my future.
“I’ve got to put in more performances like that.
“Playing week in, week out for St Mirren was brilliant. I wouldn’t hesitate to go out on loan again if the manager thought that was best.
“But, for the moment, I just want to do my best for Newcastle, and take it game by game.”
Dummett, along with forwards Haris Vuckic and Yoan Gouffran, caught the eye at Fir Park, where he set up United’s fourth goal, a tap-in scored by substitute Sylvain Marveaux.
The Wales Under-21 international linked up well with his former Academy team-mate Sammy Ameobi on Newcastle’s left side.
And Dummett says the game has given him confidence ahead of the new season.
“I’m really happy, especially after the manager I was man of the match for the team,” he said.
“It was my first pre-season game, and I was really pleased how it went. It’s given me confidence.
“I tried to get up and down all game as well as do my job as a defender.
“The manager said before the game he wanted me to get the ball in the box. I tried to get forward as much as I could and help Sammy.
“Every so often I was able to help the team. For Sylvain’s goal, I just tried to get the ball in low to him.”
Dummett could also get the chance to face his former St Mirren team-mates in pre-season, with Newcastle having a friendly against the Buddies in Paisley on July 30.
He and Newcastle midfielder Conor Newton – who spent the latter part of the season on loan at the Scottish Premier League club – helped Danny Lennon’s team win the Scottish League Cup.
They beat Hearts 3-2 in the final at Hampden Park in March.