Sean Longstaff contract update – Says decision is now for Newcastle United to make
December 2018 was a massive month for Sean Longstaff.
The then 21 year old got a new contract on 3 December taking him up to the end of June 2022.
Then on 26 December 2018 he played in the Premier League for the first time, coming off the bench at Anfield in a 4-0 defeat but the midfielder impressing on first sight for most fans.
He had to wait until January though for his first PL start, injuries giving him the chance to play alongside Isaac Hayden at Stanford Bridge and unlucky to lose 2-1.
Sean Longstaff never looked back, the next two games were home wins over Cardiff and the big one, Man City.
Impressing then in a 1-0 defeat at Spurs, Longstaff and Hayden continued to work very well together and home wins over Burnley and Huddersfield followed.
Maybe it was meant to be, as the next game was ridiculously built up as the battle of Declan Rice v Sean Longstaff as England possibles, this only Longstaff’s eighth PL start. Rice scored and he and the Hammers dominated the NUFC midfielder and his teammates, Sean Longstaff forced off with an injury that brought his season to an end.
Despite Steve Bruce having indicated recently that talks were ongoing on a new contract for Sean Longstaff, the player says this isn’t the case.
The midfielder saying that the talks were some time ago and he is now waiting for their decision: ‘It is up to the club what they want to do…There have been conversations and I don’t want to give too much away, [though] that was a little while ago.’
Yes he is contracted until 2022 but the reality is that this was agreed before he had played a minute in the Premier League and a new deal needs to be put in place ASAP to reflect the fact he is now first choice alongside Hayden when everybody is available.
Sean Longstaff asked about negotiations on a new contract:
“It is up to the club what they want to do…
“There have been conversations and I don’t want to give too much away, [though] that was a little while ago.
“You didn’t play when you were younger to worry about contracts and that’s I’m just continuing to work hard and do my job every day.
“Football changes so fast, me and Matty were everywhere and everyone wanted to speak to us, then the next week you are not involved and the team win again, you are sort of forgotten about a bit.
“It is about learning that this does happen in football and we don’t get too carried away with what does go on.
“That’s football, isn’t it?
“Things aren’t going to go your way all the time and from my point of view I knew I wasn’t going to play [against West Ham] but I thought that Matty would.
“When he got left out I was obviously really disappointed for him, but the manager made a decision, and Jonjo came in and scored and Isaac [Hayden] came in and did really well.
“It is a squad game at the end of the day and we’re going to need everyone.
“We are going to keep working hard and hopefully there’s a chance for us both to get back into the team at some point.
“It was really frustrating [getting sent off against Wolves]. I don’t think any player wants to give up their place in the team and when you get sent off you give it up pretty cheaply.
“I have taken a step back and I have been in the gym every day getting stronger, fitter, faster. Hopefully, I can hit the ground running when I do come back and give the manager a headache.
“We’ll look to push up the table, which everyone in the dressing room thinks we can.
“Hopefully, for me, this is my little break from the team, and when I come back I can get back in as soon as possible and get back to where I was
“I’ve come a really long way, from breaking in, to getting the injury, the speculation in the summer [about Man Utd] and starting the new season.
“It’s pretty amazing and obviously I’m still loving every minute of it.
“The fact that I can go out there every week and play football for the club I supported as a boy, it is pretty amazing. I try not to get too carried away with it.”
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