Shola Ameobi has expressed his delight after signing a two-year extension to his Newcastle United contract, keeping him at St. James' Park until the summer of 2013-14.

The 29-year-old 'one club' man joined the Magpies at the tender age of 13, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the leading marksmen - placed 19th in Newcastle's all-time goalscoring charts.

"All I've ever wanted is to play for Newcastle United and it is a really happy day for me," beamed Ameobi. "Newcastle is, and always will be, my club and I'm looking forward immensely to the next three years, beginning this Saturday with the new season opener against Arsenal.

 

"I would also like to thank the board and the manager for their continued support, which is very much appreciated."

With 70 goals and over 300 appearances under his belt, Ameobi will provide manager Alan Pardew with much needed experience and leadership in the Newcastle dressing room, and hopes he will continue to chip in with his fair share of goals - adding to the nine scored in the Barclays Premier League last campaign.

"We are delighted to have confirmed Shola's new contract," said Pardew. "He has done a terrific job for me since I've been at the club and he is also a great character to have around the place.

It is important to have continuity, and keeping Shola on board helps us achieve that aim.

"It is also great for the club that his younger brother Sammy is developing well and we hope he can go on to have a successful career at Newcastle."

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