St James’ Park club agree extension for hit-man.
Newcastle United have agree a two-year contract extension with striker Shola Ameobi to keep him at the club until 2014.
The 29-year-old made his Magpies debut in 2000 and has played over 300 games for the club, scoring 70 goals.
Ameobi, who came up through the Toon Army youth ranks, netted nine times in the Premier League last season as the club finished 12th in the table.
“All I’ve ever wanted is to play for Newcastle United and it is a really happy day for me,” Ameobi said in a statement.
“Newcastle is, and always will be, my club and I’m looking forward immensely to the next three years, beginning this Saturday with the season opener against Arsenal.
“I would also like to thank the board and the manager for their continued support, which is very much appreciated.”
Manager Alan Pardew welcomed the news of the striker’s extended deal.
“We are delighted to have confirmed Shola’s new contract,” he said.
“He has done a terrific job for me since I’ve been at the club and he is also a great character to have around the place.
“It is important to have continuity, and keeping Shola on board helps us achieve that aim.”