#SPORTS NEWS: Skipper Jamaal Lascelles signs new 6-year deal

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Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles signed a fresh contract that runs until 2024, declared by the English Premier League club on Thursday.

Jamaal who holds the centre-back wing came to the club in 2014 and has become a mainstay in the side under manager Rafa Benitez in the last two campaigns.

Jamaal Lascelles gave the team earn promotion in 2017 before guiding them to a 10th-placed finish last season.

His laudable performances led to media reports linking him with a move away from the club.

Enthusiastically he said “I’m over the moon — it’s great news to be tied down to Newcastle United for a long time. It’s pretty much all I ever wanted: playing in the English Premier League in front of amazing fans,” Lascelles told NUFC TV.

Lascelles, who has made 112 appearances for Newcastle United and has scored eight goals, said his focus was now on helping the team climb out of the relegation zone.

“We need to give the fans what they deserve. We need to put in the performances and make it more special…

“Since I’ve been here, everything’s been positive and now I need to get my head down and get this team higher up the league,” Lascelles added.

Newcastle United will sweat it out with Watford in the league on Saturday.

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