By Michael Brown

25th Aug, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Great news' - Exclusive: Bruce backed after big Newcastle development

Michael Brown believes Matty Longstaff’s protracted contract talks is nothing for Newcastle United fans to worry about.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Brown delivered his verdict as the youngster finally put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal.

The academy graduate’s deal expired this summer and he had offers from Premier League sides Brighton and Leeds as well as approaches from abroad, according to Sky Sports.

Upon signing his new contract, Longstaff told the Newcastle United website: “I’m delighted to have signed. It took a bit longer than I’d hoped but I’m really happy it’s done now.”

Asked by Football Insider whether the length of negotiations between the club and Longstaff was something to be worried about, Brown said: “It takes time, these deals. There’s a lot of people involved and he’s got to get what he’s worth.

“When you’re a homegrown player, at times, you don’t always get the deal you think you deserve and it might take time.

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“It was a tough time but it’s great news.

“Newcastle are a huge club, we’re talking giants. He’ll never have wanted to leave, he’ll have just wanted the right deal and now he can play football how he wants to do.”

Longstaff, 20, made his first-team breakthrough this season scoring a spectacular 20-yard winner on his Premier League debut against Manchester United in October.

In total he played 15 games for Bruce’s side scoring three goals.

The midfielder also earned an England u20 call-up in November.

His elder brother and fellow midfielder Sean Longstaff also plays for Newcastle where he played 29 times last season.

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