TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Newcastle’s Paul Dummett rejoins St Mirren for rest of season

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NEWCASTLE United youngster Paul Dummett has rejoined SPL side St Mirren on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old left-back spent the first half of the campaign on loan with the Buddies, and Newcastle have decided his development would be best served by a further spell there.

St Mirren also have Newcastle’s Conor Newton on loan as the two clubs have an affiliation, and they reached the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday with a thrilling 3-2 win over Celtic.

During Dummett’s short time back at Newcastle, he made his Magpies debut in a disappointing FA Cup defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Since then, United have captured French left-back Massadio Haidara, so Dummett is no longer needed for cover.

The Wales U21 international wanted a move back to St Mirren, and has now been granted his wish.

Dummett’s representative Spencer Downey has indicated the win over Celtic convinced Newcastle boss Alan Pardew that St Mirren was the correct place for the player to continue his development.

He said: “Alan watched the game last week and that was what made his mind up to send Paul back to Paisley.

“Paul has come on leaps and bounds since he moved up here and the club were keen for him to continue down that road.

“There was speculation he could have gone to Leeds or a League One club on an emergency loan but it was decided St Mirren was the best place for him.

“Alan has also made a few signings and is now a lot more comfortable with his squad, so that helped too.

“Paul is delighted. He really enjoyed his first six months at the club and is now looking forward to winning his place back before the League Cup final.”

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