The Hale End academy graduate has scored seven times in 13 appearances since heading to St. James’ Park on loan in January, including in each of his last six games.
The 21-year-old became the youngest player in Premier League history to score in six matches in a row when heading the winner in last night’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield United.
That match – the Toon’s final home game of the season – was played in front of 10,000 returning fans, who were watching the loanee play in the flesh for the first time.
Manager Steve Bruce had already made clear that he would like to seek out a permanent transfer and speaking to NUFC TV afterwards, Willock said: “I want to say thank you for making me feel so welcome and thank you for greeting me with open arms.
“I hope you’re satisfied with what I’ve given for the club so far and hopefully there’s more to continue in the future. I’m not going to promise anything, but the conversation is going to be held.
To make history at this special club is special for me. I came here on loan to help the team and it’s turned into a brilliant story.
“It’s been tremendous and I’m so happy that we can sign off with a win at home.”