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The 20-year-old defender hopes that this season will be his breakthrough one at the Sports Direct Arena club and is targeting a run in the Europa League qualifiers

Newcastle United defender James Tavernier has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

The 20-year-old has been tipped to join up with the first-team squad this term, having previously made two appearances for the Magpies in the League Cup.

Tavernier spent time on loan at Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons last season and hopes the coming campaign will be his breakthrough season.

He told the club's official website: "It's a massive year and it's just about getting really at it from the start - from now - because my main aim is to really push on and get in this team next year.

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"There's going to be more chances for all the young lads that are coming through so it is obviously a big step where we maybe can play in those games and make an impact.

"There's plenty of games coming up and obviously the European qualifiers and hopefully I can get a chance in one of those games, have a really good game and show that I can actually be in this team."

The club have also tied up fellow youngsters Paul Dummett, Michael Richardson, Bradden Inman and Conor Newton to new deals.