Newcastle defender Paul Dummett signs new contract until 2022

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett has signed a new long-term contract that could keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.

Dummett, 29 -- who joined the club at the age of nine -- has been a fixture in Rafael Benitez's side since returning to action in December following a hamstring injury suffered on the opening day.

Benitez told the official Newcastle website: "If you talk about players that are important for the team, normally people talk about goal scorers, midfielders and No. 10s, but in modern football, there are not too many consistent left-sided full-backs.

"Paul is exactly that. He understands the game and you know what you can expect from him week in, week out.

"That's important when you have a lot of big games -- he's a player you can trust."