Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new Newcastle United contract.

The new improved and extended deal sees the defender contracted until 2023.

Lascelles turns 24 next month (November) and if seeing out this new deal, the Newcastle United captain would be almost 30 when it is due to run out.

Rafa Benitez saying Jamaal Lascelles has ‘rose to the challenge’.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new contract with the club, keeping him at St. James’ Park until June 2023.

Lascelles was handed the armband by Rafa Benítez ahead of last season’s Championship-winning campaign, and has already headed two winning goals for the Magpies in their first season back in the Premier League.

Born in Derby, the defender linked up with Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in 2014, spending a further year at the City Ground on loan before returning to Tyneside ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

So far, he has made 75 appearances for United in all competitions, finding the net seven times.

Speaking about his new deal, Lascelles said: “I’m over the moon. Since I came to Newcastle, I’ve been happy; I love the city, the football and the fans. Everything about it, I enjoy so I’m happy to be tied down for the next six years here.

“We’ve got a group of ambitious lads, the fans are excellent and the manager has got trust in me, so I’m really happy here and I want to take the club as high as it can go.”

Boss Benítez added: “As soon as I made the decision to make Jamaal the captain of Newcastle United, he rose to the challenge and he has developed as a player and a character.

“He has proven himself to be a very good leader and a good role model too.

“He has also improved as a player, responding well to our advice and guidance and getting better with every game.

“I would like to congratulate him on his new contract with the club, it is very well deserved.”

  • TheFatController

    Fair play to him, he does seek to improve and achieves it.
    Having a captain who comes out and speaks after defeats, and not just to make banal ‘next week we’ll improve, honest!’ sound bites, but actually giving insights, i think is helping majorly in improving the relationship between players and supporters, so hopefully he can carry on in that vein for some time to come.

    • Damon Horner

      Agreed. He’s had lots of unfair stick but he is honest, hard working and genuinely cares. I also believe he is easily good enough to be here for the contract duration.

      • Wor Lass

        To be fair, Damon, most of the stick he copped was last season when people didn`t realise he was playing with an injury. He`s certainly put the record straight this season.

        • Damon Horner

          Might have a difference of opinion but with one of the best defences last season and talking about a young lad who’s doing his best and loves the club then I think it deserved more of a reserved understanding than criticism.

          Sorry, I know you’re often fair but armchair pundits just get to me when they’re dressed as supporters!

          • Wor Lass

            To be fair to me (!) I wasn`t one of the ones that jumped on that bandwagon, mate. i`ve always spoken up for him and touted him as a great prospect.

          • Damon Horner

            absolutely. Sorry if you misinterpreted anything I said about you. One of the better ones.

  • steve pearce

    This is truly amazing news!

    He possesses maturity beyond his years, is eloquent and well spoken and is fully committed to upholding his club’s standing in the community. Indeed he volunteered at a local food bank recently which shows he also cares about people less fortunate than him He is in short a true gentleman and I wish him all the best and send him my congratulations.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Next Fatboy sells up and hopefully Rafa signs a long term deal.

  • Paul Patterson

    At last we are building from the back and with this lad at the heart of things we won’t go far wrong. But hey, Clark and Lejuene are cracking as well . .

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’s great to see we’ve got some quality in the centre of our defence after the years of Colo,Williamson and Taylor.
      And,hey, we’ve actually got centre backs scoring from,and defending,set pieces. What a refreshing change!!!!

  • Leazes Ender

    Good lad.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Well that’s a surprise….Ashley will sell him in January

  • Alreet

    Compare the current batch of lascelles. Clarke. Lejuene and mbemba to the old guard of willo. Colo. Taylor and mbiwa. Different planets.

    Defence is looking the best in years and getting this lad tied down was the biggest step forward.

    Now for merino and you’re motoring.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Agree 100%.Now whoever is in charge in January must give Rafa funds for at least two quality strikers and we are not far off.

  • Damon Horner

    Pleased for the lad. Great attitude, great defender.

  • Wor Lass

    We need to keep these young lads and build on them. It`s ages since we`ve had a group so committed to the club, the city and the fans – not to mention a manager who they idolise and who has the tactical acumen to make them all better players. Brave New World – but watch out for the Director!

  • Mrkgw

    Well done to him and great to see commitment to the club.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Call me cynical but whenever Newcastle start doling out new contracts for players it’s for no other reason than driving up the price for the inevitable buying club.
    A bit like Simon Cowell Mike Ashley resembling some kind of cartoon character where the money signs flash in their eyes has thought, “I’ve Got Another Big Pay Day Here” !

    I would like to think it was an exercise in trying to build a team but we know only too well from history that if Ashley stays there will be a whirring of rotor blades come the next window.

    • steve

      Based on what? We’ve sold very few players who haven’t forced a move themselves or had a buy out clause. The likes of Tiote, Cisse, Coloccini and Ben Arfa all had spells where we could have cashed out on them but were held onto till they had no value.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        What about Andy Carroll, James Milner to name a couple.
        Those mentioned above were never that good and never going to bring in top money otherwise they would have went, Make no mistake about that.
        The only reason more haven’t been sold in recent times is because they were pigs in pokes who were bought to be sold on.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Players like Thauvin, Cabella etc were only bought as they were seen as future money spinners for “The Calorie Challenged One” !

  • BenMagpie

    i wonder if this was before or after he chinned Diame….