CIARAN CLARK has signed a new contract to extend his stay at Newcastle United by another two seasons.

The Republic of Ireland international, who has made 103 senior appearances for the Magpies since signing from Aston Villa in 2016, was due to become a free agent at the end of the current campaign.

However, Steve Bruce has repeatedly spoken of his desire to keep the centre-half on Tyneside, and all parties have now agreed on a new two-year deal.

“It’s a brilliant feeling, and I’m delighted that I’ve managed to get it signed,” said Clark. “My contract was ending in the summer – for me, I was trying to stay more focused on the games, getting back involved this season and trying to play games. I’ve managed to do that over the last few weeks.

“To be back playing was the real aim for me, then the contract has followed so I’m delighted to concentrate now on the next couple of years.”

Clark has become the latest in a lengthening line of senior players to have penned new contracts under Bruce.

Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Karl Darlow have agreed new deals in recent weeks, with Bruce clearly determined to retain the core of the squad he inherited from Rafael Benitez.