Paul Robinson has claimed reports that Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have signed new improved contracts represents “shrewd” business by Newcastle United.

The former Leeds United and Spurs keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, described both as “key players” for Steve Bruce’s side this season.

According to the Gazette earlier today, Shelvey, 27, and Ritchie, 30, have agreed new deals at St. James Park. Their current deals were due to expire at the end of next season.

Shelvey, who is currently sidelined until the 22nd of February, has made 15 appearances for United this season scoring five goals.

While Matt Ritchie, who joined from Bournemouth in the summer of 2016, has only made 6 appearances in a campaign plagued by injury.

When asked if the news represented good business by the Magpies, Robinson told Football Insider: “Jonjo Shelvey was the catalyst that turned things around when Steve Bruce brought him back into the team. He has had a great season and Matt Ritchie as well coming back into the side.

“Steve Bruce needs all of the players he can get at the moment – given the injuries he has had.

“It is shrewd tying two key players, who deserve new deals, down to new deals.”

Steve Bruce appears to be eager to reward his players with improved longer contracts with goalie Martin Dubravka signing a six-year-deal in November.

The Toon, who currently sit 12th, have the chance to leapfrog Arsenal today if they can beat Mikel Arteta’s at the Emirates.

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