Shay Given this week celebrates ten years at the club. He moved from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle for fee of Â£1.5M in July, 1997 â€“ in one of the best deals the club has ever made. He was brought in by then manager Kenny Dalglish – who was with Shay at Blackburn.
Before joining Newcastle Shay had also played for Sunderland and Swindin Town – both on loan. He was on Celtic’s books back in 1994 but never played for their first team.
Shay (full name – SÃ©amus John James Given) admits there is real excitement at the club as the team gets ready for their second pre-season friendly at Carlisle on Saturday. Shay talked to Newcastle World TV – so let’s take a look at what he said.
The 31-year-old Irishman told Newcastle World TV today:
“It’s all new and there is a real buzz about the place.”
“We’ve bought four good players already this summer and I’m sure there’s more to come – although I don’t think they’re looking for a goalkeeper!”
Given has been one of Newcastle’s very best players over the last several years and has managed to reduce his error rate to minuscule proportions – and is very dependable in the Newcastle goal. It’s players like Shay Given who are the cream of the crop in football. He is an excellent role model for the kids and is a gentleman both on and off the field.
Shay seems very impressed, along with the rest of the players, by the new management at the club.
“I have been very impressed by the manager.
He is very thorough and goes through every single player on what he needs to work on.”
“On a personal level I’m feeling good and, like I’ve said before, I’m confident that last season’s injury problems are now behind me.”
Shay had one of his worst seasons last year in terms of injuries – starting with that terrible injury to his bowel. He now feels it has fully healed and looks forward to a good season in the Newcastle goal. Shay will again be a very important player for us next season. He is on the short list for captain – but his position as goalkeeper may rule him out for that role. Shay should at least continue his role as vice-captain for the team.
Shay has been a great servant at the club – and wouldn’t it just be great if Shay and Newcastle can win a trophy next year.