Hughes pens new Toon deal
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The defender has steadily grown in stature this season and manager Bobby Robson felt the player deserved reward for his improved play.
Hughes has been a regular starter this term, with his versatility seeing him play at full back and centre half, and he scored a key goal in the FA Cup fourth round win over Peterborough.
The Northern Ireland international expressed his delight after penning a deal that ties him to St James` Park until the summer of 2007.
"It is brilliant and exactly what I wanted," the 22-year-old declared. "At this minute there is no reason why I can't see out my entire career at Newcastle United - you don't really want to be playing anywhere else.
"I am looking forward to a long and successful Newcastle United career."