Newcastle have received a much-needed dose of good news as club captain Jamaal Lascelles committed himself to the club until 2024, despite their current malaise.
The Magpies sit 19th in the Premier League table having failed to win any of their first ten matches, but their defence - marshalled by Lascelles - is one of the best in the bottom half.
This news will come as a huge boost to Newcastle's passionate fanbase, and Lascelles vowed to give the fans the results they deserve after putting pen to paper.
"I'm over the moon - it's great news to be tied down to Newcastle for a long time. It's pretty much all I ever wanted: playing in the Premier League in front of amazing fans," Lascelles told NUFC TV.
"I think now as players, we just need to give the fans what they deserve. We need to put in the performances and make it even more special.
"Since I've been here, everything's been really positive and now I need to get my head down and get this team higher up the league."
Manager Rafa Benitez added: "I'm really pleased to see Jamaal sign a contract extension. He's the future of the club and someone who really cares.
"He's still a young player, still a young captain and still a young centre-back, so we're talking about a player who has a great future, because normally you consider the peak of a centre-back could be between 28 years old and 30 years old, so still he has plenty of room for improvement.
"He's keen to learn and he's working hard, trying to be a better player every day, so it is good news for the club."
Newcastle's quest for that first win continues when they host Watford on Saturday.
Source : 90min