Newcastle United are in talks with Nicky Butt and his agents about extending Nickyâ€™s time at Newcastle.
Nicky is just 32 years old and Big Sam is sure he can prolong Nickyâ€™s career with the tools and expertise Sam and his staff possess and have shown amply at Bolton that they can prolong playersâ€™ careers.
You only have to look at our former player Gary Speed, who is now 38 but still performing more than well at Bolton.
Nicky Butt – has played well for Newcastle and deserves contract extension
Big Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal today about Nicky, whose contract runs out at the end of this season:
â€œNicky Butt has been one of our most consistent players this season,â€
â€œContract talks go on above me, but talks are going on. I donâ€™t know how far along theyâ€™ve gone but they are happening. He is someone Iâ€™d like to stick around.”
“He has started this season, has played in virtually every game and has been one of our best performers. Iâ€™d like to give him another one, maybe two year contract.â€
â€œIn terms of fitness, we can prolong his career with the tools and expertise we have here, like we did with Gary Speed at Bolton. But it is up to Nicky Butt how long he wants to carry on playing for. Heâ€™s only 32, so heâ€™s not exactly an old man yet.â€
Butt has actually played in every game for Newcastle this season, and has finally turned out to be the great buy everyone thought he would be, when Bobby Robson brought him from Manchester United in August, 2004. But he hasnâ€™t played too much for Newcastle having been sent out on loan to Birmingham for the 2005-2006 season and only returning a year ago. But Nicky buckled down, won his first team place back and then won over the Newcastle fans with some great performances in the famous Newcastle shirt. Nicky has appeared 89 times for Newcastle, starting 78 times.
â€œHeâ€™s still got a lot of destroying quality in his play which has disappeared from the game. Even though you are not allowed to tackle any more, he has learned to do things more tentatively and he times his interceptions with his reading of the play.â€
â€œHe has looked a real force this season, picking up the loose ball and getting our attacks moving.â€
Nickyâ€™s been a good player for Newcastle and deserves the extension, but if itâ€™s just a 2 year extension, heâ€™ll still be only 34 years old at the end of it, and maybe another extension would be on the cards. But thatâ€™s too far out in the future to contemplate – and right now weâ€™re just pleased Nicky is staying with us beyond this season.