Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Darren Bent says that Martin Dubravka’s new contract at Newcastle United is a much-needed positive for the Magpies this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland and England hitman says that the goalkeeper’s new long-term deal brings both the player and the club some stability during what has been a turbulent campaign on Tyneside.

Newcastle officially confirmed on Thursday that the former Slavia Prague shot-stopper had put pen to paper on a six-year-deal, having initially joined the Magpies on loan back in January 2018.

Bent says that the deal is great news not only for the club but for the 30-year-old himself, insisting that the focus for both could now turn back towards what happens out on the pitch rather than negotiations behind the scenes.

Bent told Football Insider: “Good news for himself as well. A bit of stability, a lot of stability which is good, six years, he’s done well since he’s been there.

“It’s good to be fair, I’m happy about that. I’m all for this, clubs giving players long term deals and believing in them and showing their faith.

“That’s a real positive for somewhere like Newcastle at the minute. I like that, it’s good for the boy, it’s good for Newcastle United Football Club, a bit of stability, now it’s about concentrating on matters on the pitch and getting it right.”

Dubravka has been an ever-present in the Premier League since arriving at the club, playing 59 consecutive top-flight games for the Magpies, keeping 18 clean sheets.

He has the likes of Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot for competition at St James’ Park, while promising keeper Freddie Woodman could also battle him for a starting role after his loan spell at Swansea City.

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has revealed his delight at a behind-the-scenes sighting on Tyneside.