Lennon would welcome Newton

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon says he would be prepared to offer a

contract to Conor Newton if the youngster is released by Newcastle

United.

The 21-year-old midfielder will see his current deal at St

James’ Park expire at the end of the season.

It is unclear where he figures in Newcastle’s plans, with it

likely that he will be dropped into the free agent pool.

St Mirren would welcome the opportunity to bring him onto their

books on a full-time basis, having been impressed by him during a

productive loan spell which has included a League Cup triumph.

Lennon said: “He’s certainly somebody I’d like to bring

here.

“He’s had a short period at the club but if things didn’t go to

plan the way he would wish at Newcastle, then I know that’s we

would all like.”

He added: “The loans have worked well for us this season. While

we are growing our own talent, we’ll want to continue to bring in

guys on loan.

“We have a relationship with both Newcastle and Rio Ave and it’s

credit to those clubs for having trust in us that we can develop

their players.

“We’ve given them experiences they would never have had with

their own clubs and it is a win-win situation for the players and

the clubs.”