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Milner pens Magpies deal

13 July 2007 11:59
Newcastle United have agreed a new four-year contract with England Under-21 international James Milner. The 21-year-old midfielder made 55 appearances during a busy 2006-07 campaign for the Magpies before jetting off to take part in last month's Under-21 European Championship in the Netherlands. The former Leeds United youngster is now back in pre-season training following a short break and is looking forward to being part of a bright future at St James' Park. Milner, who was brought to the club by former boss Sir Bobby Robson for £3.6million in 2004, has gone on to become a first-team regular after struggling to break into the picture under his successor Graeme Souness. "I'm delighted to have signed a new contract," he told the club's official website. "Newcastle United is a great football club and hopefully I can be here for a few more years yet and help the team be a success. "It's certainly exciting times at the club and I am very happy to be a part of it." Milner has made 101 appearances in his three seasons on Tyneside.

Source: ESA