United have just made it official: A graduate of the academy, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Natural has signed a one-year contract with the Magpies to stay in the black and white army for at least another 12 months.
That’s no surprise out of left field, as Howe had previously discussed the longtime Toon defenseman’s possible extension. It already happened with Fabian Schär a few days ago, so the Dummett/Longstaff/Schar trio has been reduced by one member and there is only one left in terms of pending – but expected – extensions at sign before the calendar turns to July.
Already 30 and set to turn 31 next September, Dummett started his Magpie run in 2000 when he joined the Toon as a (very) young dude. Ten years later Dummett was already kicking the ball in senior training sessions, and after two years at Gateshead and St Mirren on separate loans, Dummett made his official debut for Newcastle in the FA Cup. Of course, a few months later he graced Premier League grounds appearing in 18 games throughout the 2013-14 campaign.
It hasn’t been such a good year for Dummett at Tyneside, however, as Dummett only played three games starting two of them, all under Magpie Mastermind Eddie How between mid-January and the end of mid February. without losing a single one of these three matches. Uh, oh. Two wins and a draw, Dummett was one of them. Not bad.
The Wales international – thanks to his grandfather’s legacy – has done it with the Welsh four times at U21 level and five times with the senior side.
In re-signing with Newcastle, as reported to NUFC.co.uk, Dummett had something to say.
“It’s a hugely exciting time for the football club and the city, so I’m delighted to be committing another year here and staying at my boyhood club.”
“I’m immensely proud that next season will be my tenth with the first team and I’m really looking forward to being part of what is a great season to come.”
Boss Howe also gave the site his two cents on the news, praising Dummett.
“Paul is a consummate professional who has given so much to this club and I’m delighted he’s staying with us.
“He’s a player and a person I really like. He leads by example both in the dressing room and on the pitch and I’m delighted to retain someone with his positive influence and defensive abilities.
United are expected to sign Matt Targett on a full-time contract for a few years once his current loan deal (sent from Aston Villa) expires by the end of the season. Manquillo – the team’s other viable left-back – is signed until the summer of 2024. If all three stay at Tyneside next season it would make for a solid rotation with a starter and two capable substitutes, although the sentiment consensus is that new Newcastle board and coach Howe will work on adding at least one more full-back/full-back to cover one or both St James’ Park flanks.
For now, we can say that another Magpie Lifer is staying put. And that is, for me at least, one of the real building blocks of any future success this club aims to achieve. As long as the youngsters continue to reach the senior team and there is a constant investment in the academy, for my part, I would be very happy with the Mags.
Good job guys !