Graham Carr

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle United's highly-regarded Chief Scout Graham Carr has signed a new eight-year contract with the Magpies.

The new deal for Graham is a key step in owner Mike Ashley's plans to drive Newcastle United forward over the coming years, as he looks to secure continued success in the Premier League and allow the club to become a consistent presence in European club competition.

The Northumberland-born 67-year-old has played a key role in helping the club to identify talented stars including Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Sylvain Marveaux.

And the lifelong Newcastle fan has now committed himself to a long-term deal as the club looks to continue its successful growth plan, which included a fifth place finish in the Barclays Premier League last term.

Graham - a former Northampton and York player who also managed in the lower divisions and non-league before scouting for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City among others - joined the Magpies in February 2010.

The club's Managing Director Derek Llambias said: "We are delighted to have agreed an eight-year deal with Graham, and very pleased that he has committed his long-term future to the club.

"He has been instrumental in helping us to bring some truly exceptional players to Newcastle United and he has deservedly built one of the best reputations in the business.

"Graham works tirelessly to identify talented young players from across the world and has done a magnificent job over the last two years. He has the complete faith and support of the owner, the board and the manager, and it is excellent news that the club will continue to benefit from his expertise for many years to come."