Jonjo Shelvey – Appreciating life under Eddie Howe and now set for contract extension
Jonjo Shelvey is feeling the benefit of life under Eddie Howe.
The midfielder pointing to the head coach’s attention to detail, as Newcastle United look to recover from the wasted years under Mike Ashley and especially the twenty seven months in particular under that previous head coach…
Jonjo Shelvey declaring about Eddie Howe ‘He lives and breathes football and has instilled that into everyone at the club. It is football, football, football.’
After Bruce’s departure, many Newcastle players came forward to admit that the team hadn’t been fit enough going into the 2021/22 season and that having a significant impact on the disastrous start to the campaign.
No chance of that happening under Eddie Howe, with the players already looking in great shape physically, with still almost three weeks until the new season kicks off.
Back on 6 March 2020, an official Newcastle United announcement (see below) revealed that both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie had been given contract extensions up until 30 June 2023.
Now Jonjo Shelvey himself has announced (see below) that if he plays three or more matches in the coming season, that contract he signed back in March 2020, ensures that he triggers an extra year, taking him up to 30 June 2024, when he will have turned 32.
Jonjo Shelvey talking about Eddie Howe influence and reveals he is close to triggering a contract extension 18 July 2022:
“He’s constantly on at you, reviewing your game, showing you clips.
“He lives and breathes football and has instilled that into everyone at the club.
“It is football, football, football.
“He has helped me massively defensively.”
Jonjo Shelvey extending his stay:
“I have got three games to get another year (added to my current contract) and hopefully I should do that this season.
“I mean, I would be a bit worried if I didn’t!
“At the end of the day you are always playing for a new contract.
“I’m not thick, I’m not getting younger.
“I’m 30 years of age and I look about 40!
“You just want to be part of it.
“The only way for this club is up and a lot of people would want to be in my shoes.
“Positivity is great around the club.
“We went through a really bad spell.
“I have been here six and a half years now (since January 2016) and we know what the craic is around the city, what you can and can’t do.
“It is a really good place to be at the minute and the city is buzzing.
“My missus and kids love it up here.”
Official Newcastle United announcement – 6 March 2020:
Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have signed new contracts with Newcastle United.
Both have agreed deals which will see them stay at St. James’ Park until the summer of 2023.
England international midfielder Shelvey, 28, is United’s top scorer in the Premier League this season and has made 130 appearances for the Magpies since joining the club from Swansea City in January 2016.
He told NUFC TV: “It feels like a home. The people here, ever since I came to the club, have made me feel so welcome. I’ve had some good times and some bad times here, but it’s mainly good and it’s just an enjoyable place to come in and work, and the city in general has been really good for me.”
Ritchie, 30, signed for the Magpies in the summer of 2016 and has made 139 appearances, scoring 22 times.
“It’s obviously something that I wanted,” he told NUFC TV. “Since I came to the club, it’s been a successful period and one that I want to continue being involved in. Hopefully I can be part of the future.
“When you sign at a club, you want to go there and make an impact and if you can be part of that club moving forward for a long time, it’s something that is nice. I moved around in my younger years on loan but to come somewhere and get settled and be part of the progress of the football club is great.”
Head coach Steve Bruce said: “They’ve been very, very good for Newcastle over the last few years and I’ve been lucky enough to inherit the two of them, so thankfully there’s been a really good conclusion.
“They’ve both been here about four years now and a big make-up of the team has been those two. We all know what Ritchie’s like, the way he is – there’s never a dull day – and Jonjo, we all know he’s a very, very talented footballer, so I’m delighted that they’ve committed their future.”
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