Paul Dummett is approaching the coming weeks and months with a double target, first of all hoping to make the final 23 man Wales squad for the Euros, which is set to be revealed on Tuesday.
The Newcastle defender has been called up a number of times by Wales but only has 32 minutes of international football behind him after two substitute appearances.
As Paul Dummett says: ‘Two or three years I have been involved but never really kicked on’.
Blaming a lot of that on injuries, the Geordie defender hopes to now put a run together for both club and country and says ‘it is a massive boost’ to now have a manager of Rafa Benitez’ quality, rather than the clowns that have gone before him (my words, not Paul Dummett’s!!).
Paul Dummett turns 25 in September and a very important stage of his career, plenty of doubt from fans as to whether he really is Premier League quality but maybe with a free run from injury he can progress, especially now he has a proper manager in charge at St James Park.
“It is a massive boost for us to have a manager like him (Rafa) in charge.
“The experience he has can only be a massive help for everyone at Newcastle and for me getting better as a player learning from his experience.
“It (relegation) was very disappointing but to come away to a different environment with a different group of players is a good experience.
“We’ve got a good squad of players who work hard for each and you’ve seen that throughout the qualifiers.
“Two or three years I have been involved but never really kicked on.
“I have had so many injuries with the club (Newcastle) but now I’ve been fit for a while and hopefully I can stay injury-free and be involved in the competition.
“The manager has probably been watching throughout the season on every player in the squad and will have an idea.
“It’s something a lot of players don’t have the opportunity of doing so I am focused on getting picked for this squad.”