Date: 7th October 2017 at 9:05am
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Newcastle’s captain Jamaal Lacelles has signed a new six-year contract with the club which will keep him at St James’ Park until 2023. 

The player, who has made 75 appearances for Newcastle, has hit the ground running this season, winning plaudits for his performances.

He’s even scored two goals from defence – two consecutive winners against Swansea and Stoke – which has helped boost his side up to ninth in the league.

Talking to the official Newcastle website, 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.”

The news was announced on the official Newcastle Twitter page on Friday afternoon.

OPINION

This is great news for Newcastle and the mammoth contract is the least Lascelles deserves after lighting up the league for Newcastle this season. After losing their first two games they needed someone to step up and help Rafa Benitez on the pitch, and skipper Lascelles has done just that with some game-defining performances and crucial goals. Newcastle fans will be absolutely delighted with the news and will hope it spells the start of the second part of Benitez’s Newcastle revolution.