Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Dream to Be Given the Chance to Play at St James' and Pull on a Shirt

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Dream to Be Given the Chance to Play at St James' and Pull on a Shirt

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com

PAUL DUMMETT admits he is "living the dream" with Newcastle United.

But his joy at being so close to the Magpies first team seemed very distant just 12 months ago.

Dummett has been with Newcastle since the age of nine at the Academy.

Having excelled his way through the youth-team ranks and becoming a regular with the reserves side under secondstring chief Willie Donachie, it was obvious two years ago that the talented youngster was in with a sniff of "making it" as they say.

Although the only passport available to getting near the big stage at St James' Park was via a loan deal.

Dummett was a success during a temporary switch to Gateshead under former boss Ian Bogie two years ago.

And while playing in English football's unofficial fifth division served Dmmmett well, it was his loan to St Mirren in the SPL last term that saw the defender come of age.

Dummett is an old head on young shoulders and anybody who knows him will tell you that he doesn't have the attitude that he's already one of the boys in the first-team dressing room.

In fact, the former Kenton School pupil has both of his feet firmly on the ground.

He feels that his progress with St Mirren, when he helped them lift the Scottish League Cup to write himself in to Paisley folklore, has enabled him to grow as a player. Even Alan Pardew admitted when United returned to pre-season training that Dummett wowed coaches.

Now his dream is to simply emulate home grown talent such as Lee Clark, Steve Watson, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi and former Toon star Andy Carroll. Dummett said: "It is great that the manager is giving local players the opportunity.

"It gives you something to aim for. "I've supported Newcastle all my life. "So it's a dream to be given the chance to play at St James' Park and pull on a black-and-white shirt for the first team.

"Hopefully there will be more coming through the ranks. …

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