Paul Dummett receives a man of the match prize

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Having been awarded man of the match in each of St. Mirren's last two matches, it's little wonder that Paul Dummett is enjoying every moment of his loan spell in the Scottish Premier League despite the Paisley club's struggles.

The Buddies dropped to second bottom of the table after Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Dundee United but, in front of his parent team's Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie, the Newcastle defender's display saw him chosen as the sponsors' star player.

He had also picked up the prize seven days earlier, shining against reigning champions Celtic even though his side was on the wrong end of a 5-0 defeat, and the 21-year-old left-back has now made seven appearances in all since heading north at the end of August.

"I'm very happy with how it's going," the Wales under-21 international who was born in Newcastle told nufc.co.uk. "Obviously the result on Saturday wasn't good and neither was Celtic, but I got man of the match in both games so I can take the positives from the fans saying that I've played well.

"I'm really enjoying playing here. It's a good set of lads and they're trying to play some good football but recently we haven't had many good results.

"But we've got a game on Tuesday (away to Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals) and if we win that I think it'll raise the spirits. Then there's a tough game against Hibs on Saturday so we need to get a few victories under our belt because we're sitting second bottom of the league."

Dummett played for Newcastle's first-team against Olympiakos in pre-season and earning plaudits for his performances with other clubs is nothing new for him.

He spent the end of last season on loan with Gateshead and won their player of the month award for April, but admits the Scottish top flight is a big step up from the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"I think it's maybe a bit quicker, and the players are a little bit better technically," he said.

"I really enjoyed it when I was at Gateshead and I'm enjoying it now so to any other young player who's at Newcastle and is thinking about going out on loan, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It seems to be working well at the moment for me."