Danny Mills says that new contracts for Sean and Matty Longstaff would be a major boost for the Newcastle United fans after Steve Bruce confirmed behind-the-scenes talks.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the Toon Army are a different breed of supporter and that they love homegrown talents more than most.
Sean broke through as a midfield mainstay for Rafael Benitez last season before younger brother Matty was handed his Premier League debut by Steve Bruce in the 1-0 win over Manchester United, the youngster enjoying a dream start by scoring the winner.
With Bruce confirming that the club are in talks over handing the brothers a new deal, Mills says that it could have a significant domino effect at St James’ Park for the fans and the players.
Mills told Football Insider: “It’s always nice for homegrown players to get an opportunity. There’s a real affiliation with homegrown players, especially up at Newcastle where we know how different the fanbase is to a lot of other football clubs.
“The Geordies, it’s almost a country in themselves, they have their own language, have their own principles, it’s absolutely phenomenal.
“That will give them a bit of a boost. It’ll tie them down long-term, stop them going anywhere or if they are to go anywhere it’ll cost somebody a fortune. Hopefully, that will give the fans a bit of a boost, they’ll keep supporting and in turn that will help the team.”
The brothers, who are both midfielders, have started the last two games for Newcastle alongside one another, keeping the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng out the side.
Sean signed a four-year deal back in November 2018 but missed the final months of the 2018/19 campaign due to a knee injury.
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