Newcastle release five players after contract expiry

Newcastle transfer news - Newcastle United released five players, including long-serving Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie. Eddie Howe praised their contributions.
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Newcastle United have confirmed the release of five players following the expiry of their contracts. This significant reshuffle includes the departure of long-serving defender Paul Dummett and versatile midfielder Matt Ritchie, both of whom have been pivotal figures at the club. Alongside them, goalkeeper Loris Karius, midfielder Jeff Hendrick, and defender Kell Watts will also be leaving St James' Park. These changes mark a notable shift in the squad as Newcastle look to evolve and build for the future.

Newcastle release five players after contract expiry

Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett, Newcastle’s longest-serving current player, departs after 23 years with the club, having joined the academy as a youngster. Over his career, Dummett made 215 appearances in all competitions, including eight this past season. His loyalty and service to the club have been exemplary, marking him as a significant figure in Newcastle’s history.

Matt Ritchie

Matt Ritchie also bids farewell to St James' Park after eight years. Ritchie made 215 appearances for the Magpies, scoring 25 goals. His last goal, a crucial injury-time equaliser against his former club Bournemouth in February 2024, highlighted his knack for important contributions. Ritchie's presence and influence both on and off the pitch have been invaluable to Newcastle.

Loris Karius

Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is another player leaving the club. Joining Newcastle in January 2023, Karius made only two competitive appearances, including in the 2023 Carabao Cup Final. Despite limited game time, his professional attitude and experience were noted assets.

Jeff Hendrick

Midfielder Jeff Hendrick departs four years after joining Newcastle as a free agent. During his tenure, Hendrick contributed in various capacities, showcasing his versatility and professionalism.

Kell Watts

Defender Kell Watts, a 24-year-old academy graduate, also exits the club. Watts made just one substitute first-team appearance, but his development and potential have been closely followed by the club.

What did manager Eddie Howie have to say of these released players?

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe paid tribute to the departing players, particularly highlighting the contributions of Dummett and Ritchie. He stated;

"It’s easy to judge players by appearances and goals, but the contribution made to the club by Paul and Matt in particular really has been immeasurable over many years. They have had a huge influence on our progress as a team and as a club. They have been incredible people and players to work with. Their dedication, professionalism, and leadership in the dressing room during my time here have been first class, and they will bring undoubted quality and experience to their next clubs."

Eddie Howe, Newcastle manager

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