Sean Longstaff has ended speculation over his Newcastle United future by signing a new, three-year contract with the Premier League club.
Longstaff was due to leave his boyhood club this summer unless they could convince him to sign a new deal. The midfielder was weighing up his options but has now chosen to commit to Newcastle.
He came through their academy ranks and has been a first-team player since December 2018. There have been various ups and downs since then, but Longstaff has been fighting for his place.
In the season that has just finished, he accumulated 26 appearances in all competitions. Of those, 14 came after Eddie Howe took charge.
Now, Longstaff has decided to continue his career within Howe’s evolving Newcastle project. The club have confirmed he has signed a new deal that will last until 2025.
Longstaff told their official website: “I’m over the moon. To sign for three more years at your hometown club – especially with the way the club’s going and what the owners are putting in place – is really special for me and my family, and a day I’ll never forget.
“You need to be in the right place to learn and keep improving, and since the first day the new manager’s come in, I’ve loved every second of working with him.
“Being able to work with him every day, and his staff, they always want to help you get better and I think that’s the biggest thing for me. I speak to the manager loads, and he’s assured me that he wants to keep helping me improve and the goals he thinks I can achieve.
“They align with what I think I can achieve as well. It’s really special. Everyone is moving in the same direction and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
Since their Saudi-backed takeover, Newcastle have begun the process of strengthening their squad. In Longstaff’s position, Bruno Guimaraes arrived in January.
But despite the prospect of increased competition for places if more new bodies arrive, Longstaff and Newcastle have decided it is still worth sticking together.
Eddie Howe explains why Sean Longstaff deserves deal
Manager Howe clearly believes so, lauding Longstaff’s commitment and naming him as a key player in their successful attempts to leave a relegation battle behind them.
Howe said: “It’s great news that Sean has committed his future to the club. He is a great professional and an outstanding player who is incredibly passionate about playing for Newcastle United.
“His attitude and commitment since I arrived have been first class on and off the pitch and he played a big part in us climbing the table and finishing the season as strongly as we did.
“At 24, he has his best years ahead of him and I’m excited to see his development continuing.”
To date, Longstaff has made 95 appearances for Newcastle, scoring five goals and adding five assists.