Daryl Janmaat has given Newcastle United a welcome lift ahead of a summer of upheaval – by reiterating his commitment to the club.
Fiercely competitive right-back Janmaat, signed from Feyenoord last year, was arguably the player of the season at St James’s Park.
Few at the club enhanced their reputations during a troubled campaign, bar Janmaat and fellow new boy Ayoze Perez.
Janmaat, having seamlessly adapted to English football, is certain to attract interest this summer.
But the 25-year-old, labelled a future Newcastle captain by head coach John Carver late in the season, does not see himself leaving the Tynesiders this close season.
“I like this club – I love this club already – and I’d love to stay here,” said Janmaat.
Holland international Janmaat says Newcastle must ensure there is no repeat of this season’s narrow escape from relegation next term.
“We’re happy, but we know we have to improve next season as a team and a club,” he said.
Janmaat has told of the relief he and his team-mates – who hadn’t won since late February – felt at the final whistle in last weekend’s 2-0 win over West Ham, which ensured safety. “It was a very nice feeling after so many defeats,” he said. “We needed a win, and it was a nice feeling.
“It was a rollercoaster game – it was up and down – but we had to win it.
“We knew Hull were playing, and it was important that they didn’t win, but we had it in our hands, and we won the game.”
Meanwhile, defender Remie Streete will leave Newcastle this summer. The 20-year-old, from South Shields, is out of contract this summer and has not been offered a new deal.
He has spent the last five months on loan at Rangers, but managed just one appearance because of injuries.
Streete – who had a loan spell at Port Vale earlier this season – has had a wretched three years since suffering ankle ligament damage in an Under-21 game.
League One club Vale could revive their interest in Streete, a product of Newcastle’s Academy.