Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett is reportedly determined to remain at St James' Park, despite being linked with a move to Mark Hughes' Stoke City. The Welshman played a pivotal role in the Magpies' promotion to the Premier League last season, playing in 44 of the sides 46 Championship matches.
According to reports from the Daily Star, Dummett wishes to extend his stay at Newcastle United, after becoming a mainstay in the side's back-four. The desire to keep the Vice-Captain with the club appears to be mutual, as Toon boss Rafael Benítez is reportedly keen on tying down the left-back with a lucrative new deal that will secure his future with the Magpies.
Opta stat: Paul Dummett won 80% of his tackles this season. #NUFC— Newcastle Fans TV (@NewcastleFansTV) May 20, 2016
The 25-year-old is a local lad, who made his way through the club's youth academy and into the first team. Loan spells at Gateshead and St Mirren allowed Dummett to gain first team experience, which led to his breakthrough to the first team in the 2013-2014 season. Dummett has been capped twice for Wales, and will be eager to represent his country further.
Newcastle United won the Championship last season, bouncing back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Dummett formed part of a reliable defence that had the joint-best record in the league, conceding 40 goals in 46 matches. A bit-part player in previous Premier League campaigns, the left-back will be keen to prove himself as a consistent starter in the top tier.
Despite reported interest from Stoke, the defender is clearly set on pushing on with his career at the club he has been with since boyhood. A keen favourite with fans, Dummett serves as a reminder to young players in the Magpies' academy that hard work and perseverance can go a long way in achieving the dream of playing for one's hometown team.