On-loan St Mirren defender Paul Dummett claims that his parent club Newcastle want to send him to the npower Championship next season but he insists he is happy where he is.
The left-back, 21, and Newcastle youth-team colleague Conor Newton were dispatched to Paisley to gain top-flight experience and helped Saints land the Scottish Communities League Cup.
Their impressive displays have now convinced Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to offer them both one-year contract extensions but they have been told another loan stint could be on the cards next term. English second-tier sides Bolton, Huddersfield and Doncaster are all said to be interested in the pair and Newcastle want to see the players return south for the next stage of their development.
Dummett, however, insists Saints are his preferred option. He said: “Conor and I have both been offered new one-year contracts. I’m not sure what’s happening yet and I will have to speak to my dad first.
“But I have loved my time up here. It’s improved me as a player. If we sign up with Newcastle again I think the plan will be to go out on loan again. I don’t know where though, that’s not for me to decide.
“Newcastle think that England is a better league to play in, so they want me to go to the Championship.
“But my time at St Mirren has made me a better player and more confident because I’ve been playing week in, week out. I’ve played in front of big crowds at places like Celtic Park and in the cup final, something I’d never have achieved playing for Newcastle’s reserves. It has gone well and I’ve loved it here. I would be happy to come back if I got the chance.”
The declaration by Dummett comes just days after Newton, a goalscorer in the 3-2 League Cup win over Hearts at Hampden, announced he would be happy to sign on again with Saints.
Aberdeen are the visitors to Paisley today, and their midfielder Isaac Osbourne admits the Dons should have achieved more this season.
The Pittodrie outfit sit top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League’s bottom six and can take a step towards confirming seventh place by beating St Mirren in Paisley. But Osbourne admits there is disappointment that Aberdeen did not make more of the talents at their disposal.
He said: “It feels like the one that got away. Considering the squad we have got it’s been a disappointing season. But then looking back on last season when we finished ninth, it’s been a progression. I suppose we just need to hope we can build on that for next season.”