Paul Dummett (centre)

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Welsh under-21 international defender Paul Dummett has rejoined St. Mirren on loan until the end of the season.

The young left-back spent the first half of the campaign in Paisley, scoring twice and earning rave reviews during 19 appearances, before being recalled at the end of his initial spell.

He made his competitive Newcastle debut at Brighton in the FA Cup this month but has now been allowed to head back to the Scottish Premier League to gain more senior experience.

Fellow Magpies loanee Conor Newton is now also at St. Mirren Park until the end of the season, meaning both players could play in the Scottish League Cup final against Hearts in March.

The Buddies beat Celtic at Hampden Park on Sunday to reach the final and Dummett was in the stands to watch their 2-1 win over Inverness on Wednesday night.

He told nufc.co.uk: "I'm delighted to join them and again and link back up with Conor and the rest of the players there. I really enjoyed being at St. Mirren for the first half of the season.

"I felt like I improved as a player by playing week in, week out and I knew that it was important to go out on loan again to help my development and hopefully go back to Newcastle in the summer an even better player.

"St. Mirren have been desperate to get me back since the day I left and it feels good to be wanted. It gives you confidence that the manager really wants you. Now I'm back for the rest of the season and I'm really happy with that.

"I hope I can come here and help the team do well and climb the table because we deserve to be higher in the league than we are, as we have proved by beating the likes of Celtic in the cup."

Photograph courtesy of St. Mirren Football Club and Allan Picken Photography