The former Bolton man enjoyed a stellar season with the Magpies, banging home 12 goals in 30 league appearances, and admits he is honoured to captain the club that he plans to remain at for at least the next two years.
"My wife has been here for 18 months now and my kids - my little boy is a Geordie, he was born up here, so we have settled into life up here really well and hopefully I have a good few more years left here," he told NUFC TV.
"It's unbelievable. When I think back now, I never thought two years ago that I would be where I am now, and that's the most satisfying thing.
"I have been able to get where I want just through hard work and dedication, and hopefully in the next couple of years, you are going to see the best of me again, and more of it.
"But to be captain of this club, it really feels a great honour. It's fantastic and I am absolutely delighted.
"When my daughter walks round telling everyone I am captain of Newcastle, that's when you realise it affects a lot of people.
"Genuinely from the bottom of my heart, I love doing the captaincy bit and I love playing for this club."