Newcastle United maakte vrijdagmiddag jongstleden bekend op haar website dat men verheugd is met het nieuws dat zowel Jonjo Shelvey als Matt Ritchie hun contract met drie seizoenen hebben verlengd. Dit betekend dat beide nu tot en met 2023 vastliggen.

Jonjo Shelvey kwam in de winterse transferwindow van 2016 over van Swansea City. De spelmaker / spelbepaler speelde tot dusver 130 optredens. De 28-jarige middenvelder voelt zich thuis in Tyneside; ”It feels like a home. The people here, ever since I came to the club, have made me feel so welcome. I’ve had some good times and some bad times here, but it’s mainly good and it’s just an enjoyable place to come in and work, and the city in general has been really good for me,,.

Schotse winger Matt Ritchie kwam in de zomer van 2016 naar Newcastle Upon-Tyne. Hierin maakte hij 139 optredens en scoorde 22 maal. Hij kwam destijds over van AFC Bournemouth. Ritchie licht zijn keuze toe; ”It’s obviously something that I wanted. Since I came to the club, it’s been a successful period and one that I want to continue being involved in. Hopefully I can be part of the future. When you sign at a club, you want to go there and make an impact and if you can be part of that club moving forward for a long time, it’s something that is nice. I moved around in my younger years on loan but to come somewhere and get settled and be part of the progress of the football club is great,,.

Head Coach Steve Bruce is zeer content dat zijn twee sterkhouders hun contract hebben verlengd: ”They’ve been very, very good for Newcastle over the last few years and I’ve been lucky enough to inherit the two of them, so thankfully there’s been a really good conclusion. They’ve both been here about four years now and a big make-up of the team has been those two.¬†We all know what Ritchie’s like, the way he is – there’s never a dull day – and Jonjo, we all know he’s a very, very talented footballer, so I’m delighted that they’ve committed their future,,.