Damien Duff has had a tough two seasons on Tyneside, since he completed his Â£5M move from Chelsea.
Damien Duff – disastrous time on Tyneside
Damien talked to the Newcastle Journal:
â€œIâ€™ve had a disastrous time because of injuries so itâ€™d be nice to find my best form again,â€
â€œThings havenâ€™t worked out for me but I still wouldnâ€™t change anything. Itâ€™s been tough.â€â€œ
This time last year I was lying in a hospital bed and the surgeon said then itâ€™d be a year before you feel remotely like your old self.â€
â€œAnd itâ€™s more or less a year to the day, so if there is a bonus to be had from this season, itâ€™s that this time last year I was worried about ever playing again.”
“Now I am back playing.â€
When Duff first came back in December, from his injury. he had a good run of games in the side. He started 14 games and was starting to show some of his old form, but then he lost his place again under Kevin.
Kevin of course famously went to his 4-3-3 formation, which in the end saved Newcastle from the relegation depths, and we started to climb the table, but there was no place in the side for Damien.
He was brought on as a substitute a few times by Keegan, and then started at Everton on Sunday, a clear signal from Kevin that he sees Duff in Newcastle’s future.
Damien also says Kevin is just great to work with, and the Irishman is certainly looking forward to continuing playing under the maestro.
â€œItâ€™s been great working with him (Keegan), particularly as a forward player.”
“Just training with him every day and hearing his thoughts on different things is great.â€
â€œ Obviously the gaffer was missing for a couple of days earlier in the week because he had to go to meet the owners.â€
â€œIâ€™m only going on what I saw on Match of the Day on Sunday night because he hasnâ€™t spoken to us about it and weâ€™re only going on what we read in the papers.â€
â€œObviously, anything can happen up there, even at the best of times. But we just have to worry about ourselves and get on with it.”
“As far as Iâ€™m concerned, the gaffer will be there next year.â€
We hope that Duff can recapture his old form, because he is still a very good player.
We expect him to do just that, but if he doesn’t, it’s not for the want of trying, that’s for sure.