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Newcastle midfielder undecided on future

June 5, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Newcastle midfielder Connor Newton is considering his options amid reported interest from Celtic.

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The youngster recently completed an impressive loan spell with Scottish Premier League side St Mirren, along with Magpies team-mate Paul Dummett. Enjoying League Cup success with the Saints in March, reports earlier this week linked both with a potential move to the Scottish league champions. 

And although Newcastle have been keen to offer the out-of-contract pair fresh terms at St James’ Park, Newton admits he is yet to sign a deal as he continues to evaluate his options. 

“I haven’t signed on with Newcastle yet but there is a deal on the table,” the 21-year-old told the Journal. “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.

Having enjoyed regular first team football in Scotland, Newton is aware that he is unlikely to break into the first team at Newcastle. Revealing the club intend to once again loan him out, the midfielder has not ruled out the potential of going his separate ways with both Newcastle and good friend Dummett.   

“I went out to Hong Kong for a tournament with the Newcastle lads after the season ended with St Mirren and it was great being back in amongst them,” he explained. “I’ve missed the banter. But I don’t think there is much chance of me getting regular football at Newcastle next season. They plan to sign us and then put us straight back out on loan again. I just need to weigh up my options.”

“We’ve known each other since we were wee lads but there is every chance we could go our separate ways,” he said. “Football is a funny game in that sense. Paul is a good player. I know wherever he goes, he will make a massive impact but if there is not a place for me there, or not a place for him at the club I move to, we will just have to say goodbye.”