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Paul Dummett signs contract extension until 2022

Dummett told NUFC TV: “It is an easy decision. I’m a fan anyway, so it’s something I wanted to do anyway. But with a manager like Rafa in charge here, who wants to keep you at the club to try and progress, it wasn’t a hard decision. It was an ongoing progress, it took a while to happen, but I’m happy it’s all sorted and I can now concentrate on playing football. After most games, at half time and full time, he’s always got advice for most players. Goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, strikers – he’s always trying to give advice and try to help. I’ve been in the office many times with different clips, showing me different things with different players. Hopefully I’ve learned from the things he’s told me and progressed as a player.

“It’s a boyhood club for me and I’ve been a supporter for many years before. To be staying at the club for even longer is really important for me. I’ve wanted to stay here, the manager’s wanted to keep me and the club have wanted to keep me so I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract and hopefully there’s many more years to come.

“I played a lot of games last season in a tough league, and playing in a different environment against different players helps you improve. Coming up to the Premier League again, I think I was more prepared after having experienced it a few years ago, playing quite a lot of games already in the Premier League before that. Getting injured in the first game of the season was a massive blow, but I worked so hard with the physios to get back fit and made sure that, when I was ready to play, I was in the best condition possible to go and play and try and help the team. Fortunately I’ve stayed fit since the injury, and it’s up to me now to keep on playing well and stay in the team.

“There have been a lot of people who’ve helped me throughout my career, from being eight years old in the academy to playing in the first team now with Rafa. There have been many managers, many coaches, and going on loan with the different managers there. Everyone along the way has had a helping hand to get where I am today. It’s been a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice to get here as well. I’m proud of what I’ve done, and I just need to stay fit, carry on playing and make sure we get results on the pitch.”

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