By Paul Robinson

13th Jan, 2020 | 4:41pm

'Huge bonus' - Exclusive: Robinson delighted with reported contract update on Newcastle player

Paul Robinson was delighted to hear that contract talks between Newcastle United and winger Matt Ritchie were going well.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England No.1 admitted it was a huge bonus for Ritchie that a new contract is in the works as he’s only just returned to action.

It was recently reported that the Magpies have held positive talks with both Jonjo Shelvey and Ritchie over new contracts with it even suggested deals in principle had been agreed by both players.

Robinson cheekily added that Ritchie being fit was a general bonus for Magpies manager Steve Bruce, with his side currently suffering an injury crisis.

When asked if it’s a huge bonus for Ritchie that talks with Newcastle over a new contract are going well, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah he’s been out for a while with injury and he’s just come back into the side.

“So I think it’s a huge bonus for him, and also any fit player is a bonus for Bruce at the moment.”

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The 30-year-old attacker has played five times this season for the Magpies across all competitions but is yet to register a goal or an assist.

Ritchie suffered an ankle injury which saw him stuck on the sidelines, hence his limited minutes, but he did recently feature against Rochdale and made the bench for the 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend.

In other Newcastle United news, Danny Mills believes Magpies star can be written-off following his performance against Wolves.