Dummett’s chance to shine at Newcastle United

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NEWCASTLE left-back Paul Dummett will be given a chance to stake a claim for a place in Alan Pardew’s starting XI in pre-season.

The defender had a run in the team late last season, with first-choice left-back Davide Santon injured.

And Dummett – who signed a long-term deal last year – is looking to build on his breakthrough campaign. It has been claimed that the 22-year-old’s name has been circulated to Championship clubs with a view to a loan this season.

But manager Pardew – who also has Massadio Haidara competing for the left-back berth – is keeping his options open.

Pardew will assess Dummett and Haidara in the coming weeks, starting in Tuesday’s friendly at Oldham.

Meanwhile, Santon – who missed much of the second half of last season through a series of injuries – is focused on returning to full fitness.