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Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has signed a two-year contract extension, which will keep him at St James' Park until the summer of 2014.

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Ameobi, 29, made his Magpies debut in 2000 and has played over 300 games for the club, scoring 70 goals.

"All I've ever wanted is to play for Newcastle United and it is a really happy day for me,'' Ameobi said. "Newcastle is, and always will be, my club and I'm looking forward immensely to the next three years, beginning this Saturday with the new season opener against Arsenal.

"I would also like to thank the board and the manager for their continued support, which is very much appreciated.''

Ameobi, who came up through the youth ranks at Newcastle, netted nine times in the Premier League last season as the club finished 12th in the standings.

Manager Alan Pardew welcomed the news of the striker's extended deal.

"We are delighted to have confirmed Shola's new contract,'' he said. "He has done a terrific job for me since I've been at the club and he is also a great character to have around the place.

"It is important to have continuity, and keeping Shola on board helps us achieve that aim.''

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