Daryl Janmaat has given Newcastle United a welcome lift ahead of a summer of upheaval – by reiterating his commitment to the club.
Janmaat, signed from Feyenoord last year, was arguably the player of the season at St James’s Park.
Few at the club enhanced their reputations during a troubled campaign bar Janmaat and fellow new boy Ayoze Perez.
Defender Janmaat, having seamlessly adapted to English football after moving from his native Holland, is certain to attract interest in the summer.
But the 25-year-old, labelled a future Newcastle captain by head coach John Carver late last season, does not see himself leaving the club in the next transfer window.
“I like this club – I love this club already – and I’d love to stay here,” said Janmaat.
Janmaat had a rollercoaster season in his first year with the Magpies, having played in the World Cup last summer.
And he says they must ensure there is no repeat next season. He said: “We’re happy, but we know we have to improve next season as a team and a club.”
Janmaat has told of the relief he and his team-mates – who hadn’t won since late February – felt at the final whistle. It was a very nice feeling after so many defeats,” he said. “We needed a win, and it was a nice feeling.
“It was a rollercoaster game – it was up and down – but we had to win it.
“We knew Hull were playing, and it was important that they didn’t win, but we had it in our hands, and we won the game.”