Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Face Loss of Talented Pair; United Facing Loss of Talented Youngsters

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Face Loss of Talented Pair; United Facing Loss of Talented Youngsters

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Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

HISTORY is threatening to repeat itself as Newcastle United could lose a talented youngster to Celtic for the second summer running.

In fact they could lose two this year, with the Bhoys making a move for midfielder Conor Newton and left-back Paul Dummett.

Both have been offered one-year contract extensions after impressing on loan at Scottish League Cup winners St Mirren.

But Newton's failure to get a look-in with the Magpies first-team squad could cause him to turn it down - particularly with Neil Lennon offering a glamorous alternative.

With a Europa League campaign congesting their fixture list and insufficient squad strengthening in the summer, 2012-13 was meant to be the season in which the Magpies' youngsters stepped up.

And while the likes of Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid struggled to convince that they are yet ready to do so, Newton did not even get the chance.

Instead he had to rely on a loan at St Mirren in the second half of the season for first-team football. He will be conscious of that as he decides whether to recommit to his local club.

"I haven't signed on with Newcastle yet but there is a deal on the table," the 21-year-old confirmed. "I need to have a proper look at it once I get myself together.

"The past six months is probably the most football I've played in my career so far so I just need to rest up for a few weeks. I understand there is an offer from St Mirren as well so that is definitely still a possibility. "I'd like to have made my decision within the next two weeks as the start of the season isn't far off. "It's a big decision on whether I stay with Newcastle or move on. I've been there since I was nine years old and if I am to move on, it will be a massive thing for me. …

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