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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Duo commit to Newcastle
Things are looking up for Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer
Things are looking up for Kieron Dyer (left)
Kieron Dyer and Shay Given have committed their long-term futures to Newcastle United.

England midfielder Dyer has quashed speculation of a move away from St James' Park by putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Given has agreed a five-year deal with the club.

Dyer's fortunes have take an upturn since his World Cup dream appeared to be ended by Tahar El-Khalej's tackle at Southampton.


I wish them both every success in the World Cup, they are both world-class players
Bobby Robson

His World Cup prospects have also improved dramatically as Newcastle manager Bobby Robson revealed he should be fit to play before England's opening match against Sweden.

Robson told the club's official website: "We are delighted two of our big players have signed new contracts with the club.

"These two players, and the others we have at the club, will have a major influence on our future.

"It's a sign that Newcastle United can sign the top players and stave off opposition from wherever that may come from.

"I wish them both every success in the World Cup, they are both world-class players who will be performing at the highest level there is."

World Cup pair

Dyer has been invited to England's World Cup training camp in Dubai and now has the security of a four-year deal behind him.

Newcastle keeper Shay Given has a five-year contract to celebrate
Shay Given has a five-year contract to celebrate

The 23-year-old midfielder admitted Newcastle's improvement under Robson, culminating in a place in next season's Champions League, had convinced him to stay on Tyneside.

Dyer said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have signed a new contract with Newcastle United. "This club is going places. I am very ambitious to win things and the club is too.


Newcastle United are going in the right direction and it's something I definitely want to be a part of
Shay Given

"The club is capable of winning honours and capable of competing at the highest level.

"I am pleased that this will also quash any rumours about me going to play anywhere else."

Given is currently preparing for Ireland's World Cup campaign, after cementing his reputation as one of the Premiership's top goalkeepers.

Given said: "I am delighted to be signing the new contract with the club.

"Newcastle United are going in the right direction and it's something I definitely want to be a part of."

See also:

16 May 02 |  England
Dyer 'winning fitness race'
16 May 02 |  Liverpool
Cheyrou joins Liverpool
15 May 02 |  Champions League
Zidane relives wonder winner
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