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St Mirren’s Newton aims to follow lead of Dummett

  • by ANDY NEWPORT
 

ON-LOAN St Mirren midfielder Conor Newton is desperate to make the same kind of impact as Newcastle team-mate Paul Dummett.

Newton has followed the lead of close friend Dummett by swapping the black and white stripes of Newcastle for those of the Paisley side in a bid to gain top-team nous. Both players moved north following a newly-struck affiliation agreement between the clubs and it has already paid off for Dummett after he impressed with Danny Lennon’s team.

The 21-year-old left-back was recalled to St James Park for the Magpies’ FA Cup third round clash with Brighton on Saturday before making his first-team debut as a second-half substitute.

Now Newton, who is also 21, hopes to make a similarly big impact. He said: “That’s why I am here: to make a name for myself and get first-team experience. I had the choice of staying at Newcastle and playing reserve-team football or coming up here to play in the SPL – the SPL wins every time.

“I’m over the moon for Paul. He did so well when he came on against Brighton and you can see he has improved a lot during his time with St Mirren. He was more composed and confident and that is what 19 games in a competitive league does for you.”

Dummett is set to feature in Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s plans for his team’s trip to Norwich this Saturday. However, he has already expressed a desire to return to Paisley when the SPL resumes action after its 
mid-winter break to continue he development.

Newton has also returned south to get himself in the best shape possible while the rest of his new team-mates were given a week off by Lennon. He said: “I’m just keeping myself ticking over. I’d rather keep myself fit than take the week off. The rest of the lads have been given some time, off but I am desperate to make an impact so decided to come back down here, keep working and make sure I’m ready to go when I get back up to Scotland.

“Paul also wants to come back to St Mirren and that is great news for the club and for me. It’s always nervous going to a new club but having him there on my first day really helped me settle in.”

Newton arrived in Paisley on 1 January just as the transfer window opened. He was signed in time to face Kilmarnock two days later but was left to kick his heels on the bench as Lennon decided against pitching him into the 1-1 draw. He said: “It was frustrating as I was desperate to play but, then again, I wasn’t expecting to come on for definite.

“The gaffer told me he had planned to give me a run out, but the game was tight and the opportunity didn’t come up. It was a brilliant game to watch, a lot of tough tackling and everyone seemed up for it. Although I didn’t get on, it 100 per cent whetted my appetite.”

 

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