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New long-term Lascelles contract is a double positive for Newcastle

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on...

Why Jamaal Lascelles signing a new contract at Newcastle also suggests some positive news about Rafa Benitez.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on...Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores his side's first goal during the Premier League match against Swansea City.

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles is reported by the Telegraph to be on the verge of putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract at the club.

Mature beyond his 23 years, Lascelles was handed the armband by manager Rafa Benitez for the Magpies' 2016/17 campaign in the Championship, helping them to the title and promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates victory during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates victory during the Premier League match against Swansea City.

Lascelles has been a dominant presence back in the top flight as well, no better shown than against Swansea City in their last league outing as the centre-back put in a solid defensive display before popping up with the winner in a 1-0 victory.

Despite still having three years left to run on his current deal, this news is a very positive step forward for the club - especially as the skipper has even ironed out a dispute with owner Mike Ashley about bonus payments owed to him.

Yet while having Lascelles at St James' Park for his best years is pleasing enough for the fans, it also hints to the fact that Benitez is thinking about his time in the North East in the long-term as well.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...Newcastle United, manager Rafa Benitez is seen during the Premier League match against West Ham United.

After a frustrating summer in the transfer market when the Spaniard was not delivered the players he believed he was promised, it was speculated the Newcastle boss could be on his way out in the near future.

However, back-to-back wins in the league and Lascelles committing his future has given a new positive feel around Tyneside and it seems that Benitez too is now planning for many years to come in the North East.

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