Michael Owen Will Be Fit For Start Of Season

Newcastle United captain Michael Owen has talked to nufcTV today and feels it will be an honor to  lead the Magpies for next season.


Michael Owen – captain for next season – an “honor”
Manager Kevin Keegan confirmed last week the 90 times capped England star will be handed the armband  again having captained the side during their impressive finish to last season.

Owen played not only well just behind the front two strikers of Viduka and Martins, but he also managed to score 7 goals in the last nine games,  as Newcastle finally got clear of the relegation zone.

The 28-year-old, who is still negotiating a new contract at the club, told nufcTV today that he hopes to kick-off the new season in a similar free-scoring way:

“The end of the season was great,”  “When I get in a rhythm and start playing regularly I feel great.”

“I started scoring a few goals and that will continue as long as I get on the pitch and I’m fine.” “We had a good time of it and there was a feel-good factor about the club and we were buzzing as a group.”

“It was quite a small squad but with a lot of quality and it was a real honour to lead the team out.”

“Beating Sunderland 2-0 at St. James’ was fantastic and I think we were unbeaten for about seven games or so.”

“Hopefully we can start the new season in the same way as we finished the last one.”

Owen is on a different training schedule to the rest of his Newcastle colleagues, having contracted the mumps virus earlier in the summer, and he had to pull out of England’s tour of the Caribbean because of it.

But the former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker says his pre-season program has been designed to get him ready for the opening game at Manchester United:

“I’m starting to catch up now slowly but surely,”

“But it’s all geared towards being ready for the first game at Man United.”

That first game at Old Trafford on August 17th will be massively important for the Newcastle side, and we’ll be hoping for a draw – at least.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • LondonToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on Michael, sign that contract!

  • Steve T

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    If we play a 4-4-2 formation this season, I don’t see a place for owen in the team!

  • Will

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    @Steve T

    Even though Viduka isn’t going to return to training for another month?

  • kieran

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    the more i hear from owen the more i feel he loves newcasle. usually his comment used to be all about england. but since keegan gave him captaincy. all his words have been about newcastle

    good on ya owen, sign that contract and you will be loved by us. oh and he is even becoming an adopted geordie without knowing it…. he mentioned the sunderland win. i would love it if he scored that perfect hat-trick against man u. fantasy i know

  • Irish John

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    just need him to sign up now..That would be perfect..

    He’s becoming a real favourite now and turned everyone’s opinions around..He seems so commited now…

  • Elliott

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Ok Steve so who’s gonna play up front then?

  • furrygiblets

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Steve T ?????

  • Spitfire

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Did not like Owen at first but I am warming to him now. Hope he signs soon.

  • HeronMag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Owen has had his critics on this blog (I’ve never been one of them) and I’m delighted it looks like he’s on his way to signing a new contract.

    Owen is a truly world class talent and in my opinion, bar perhaps Torres the most natural finisher in the league. Definite captain material!

  • James

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    He is without a doubt, our best player.

    His goals last season saved us from being dragged into a relegation dogfight.

    To stand any chance at Old Trafford we need Captain Fantastic to lead us out. And when he scores the winner in that game he will become the Toon legend that he is on the verge of being.

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    top player…top pro….figurehead of the side…end of

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    See spurs are now in for coloccini…and I can see them landing him as well : (

    They have really narked me Spurs this transfer window so much so they are easily my most hated prem team.

    I hope this season they struggle and can’t wait to see Modric take a battering when we play them.

    Come on Ashley seal this deal !!

    PS Owen is the Man.

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    @ sirjastoon….His agent has already said there has been no offer from Spurs….its just the press trying to stir things up as per……it off topic anyhow…so lets just wait and see what happens

  • kieran

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    remember when owen and shearer played together for newcastle. that was just brilliant. the west ham game was great when owen scored a hat-trick and shearer scored one.

    i used to collect the sports pages in newspapers of shearer and owen, and we were always the top story. TWO ARMY or hAL-OWEN (when we won at halloween.)

    gotta love it

  • Gooderz

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Speaking of Spurs, whoever said Keane would call his Liverpool move a ‘dream’ was spot on.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Ho’way Michael, let’s have ya’ mate!..
    …We need you to put the ball in the net!..
    …He’s one of the best strikers in the world, no doubt!..

  • bob marley

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #17

    a partnership of owen and martins will never work you need a tall and a small strikers upfront or else they wont see th ball!!!


    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Surely spurs would be looking for a couple of strikers with Keane and Berbatov leaving…Although Wankday hasnt been sacked by 8 out of 11 clubs in less than a season for nowt

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    spuds don’t need any CB’s!..

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    LoonyToon I know it is off topic but it is important and I will say what I want anyway Thanks.

  • furrygiblets

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #21

    sirjason, apparently we have already agreed personal terms, but like you i am wary. I’ll only believe he’s signed once he is wearing black and white

  • Sav

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    If Inler is half as good as he’s cracked up to be, and is only £5mil, why are we pussyfooting around and letting Arsenal or anyone else with Europe and loot on offer to dither about before nicking him?
    And I hope Duff+cash for Warnock is a joke.

  • kieran

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    ha. owen and arron spear. the captain and the young rooney. prem beware. at the rate the injerys r going that would be the line up.

    better than smith and owen

  • Ashton

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    bob marley

    manu won the Pl and the CL with two midget strikers ! this tall and small theory is fat sam crap

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    Thanks for the backup Furry giblets..there seems to be a spate of people on here who are now acting as moderators : )

    Fingers crossed our man from Deportivo !

  • rooks

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    from greedy little bast**d to local hero in a couple of days. that’s pretty good going considering he still hasn’t signed.

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    @surjasontoon….not modetrating my friend….we are having a conversation regarding MO….and in my humble opinion (I can also say what I want) the comment “See spurs are now in for coloccini…and I can see them landing him as well : (” is trying to pish on peoples chips…..try doing a little research before you start making off the wall comments….his agent has already stated there is one offer…from us…and he hasnt had any offer from Spurs…. there seems a spate of people on here who think they know what they are talking about…when infact its quite clear that they dont….when is your season ticket coming through the post by the way? mine is due on the 11th August…like it has been for the past 21 years….thanks….

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #28

    It was reported on various sites that spurs where putting a “hat into the ring”this morning so I wanted to point this out !

    How is that “pishing on peoples chips”?

    Let’s move on anyway I am sure you have more moderating to do you jumped up little fool : )

    If you did your own homework this morning instead of trying to do other peoples it is reported on a number of sites including the daily telegraph that west ham and spurs are showing interest in the player remember mate a deal is not done until paperwork is signed.

  • dan_from_france

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #29

    owen and oba would be great they just need to keepthe ball on the floor instead of fat sam hoofing the ball up the pitch. but now wid keegan ball on the ground playing proper fotball i cant see y not it cant work they both have great work rates so it could be a great partnership. oba does something outa nothing and owen
    cant wait for them to start scoring and with coloccini in defnse hopefully he wil be the defender to sort our defense out

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #30

    we have a bite on post 28 lads….I did do my research boyo…thats how I knew that his agent has denied any bid from anyone else as per my previous post….apart from us…someone obviously needs to do your homework kidda….I love people who get abusive on blogs…think they are “propa hard” aka jumped up little fool….hope you dont have “attention to detail” on your CV young man….that would be telling porkies….lol….ps…notice you dodged the season ticket point…enjoy your six weeks holidays….pps..dont bite again…its getting boring….its a nice day outside….go out and play footie with ya mates….if u have any….shabba
    ppps…the Daily Telegragh??!! haha…dont pull my plonka

  • tip top

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #31

    hahaha….like it when someone does not know what they are on about…gets flustered…starts calling people names and then gets it battered back in their face….think its time to get back on the footie gents….

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #32

    exactly tip top….

    Dan from France……MO 20 goals this year…no probs

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Loony toon I was simply pointing out that other teams are being reported as interested.

    I was not saying it was gospel truth.

    As for the season ticket it proves nothing I moved from Newcastle to Birmingham 8 years ago and unfortunatly have to run my own recruitment business which leaves little time to play down the park these days..anyway I have nothing to prove to you and just find you a bit of a nause.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    ps.I have not been abusive on the blog,I simply pointed out that you need to stop acting like a moderator and called you a fool..that is hardly abusive.

    “We have a bite lads post 28”

    Out of your depth fella.

  • Steve T

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Not too sure Keegan will play Owen & Martins as a front pairing ( would like to see it, but don’t think he’s done this before). I think he will start season with Smith & Owen. Can’t see many goals in a Smith / Owen partnership. Oba however can score goals playing by himself

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #36

    “Out of your depth fella.”

    peace out Surj lad……love ya…xx

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #37

    It has now been confirmed as mentioned by me earlier by the players agent that spurs are “interested”..so button it you know it all.

    Newcastle Bid For Deportivo’s Coloccini Stalls – Spurs Also Linked
    Submitted by Jake Briggs on Tue, 2008-07-29 13:39. Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United Premiership Transfer News
    The deal to take Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini from Deportivo La Coruna to Newcastle United has stalled, with the La Liga side rejecting a €11million (£8.7m) plus add-on’s from the Magpies.

    26-year-old Coloccini joined Depor from AC Milan in 2004, but is desperate to leave and play with Newcastle in the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur also linked with the defender although no formal offer has been made for Coloccini by Spurs.

    Coloccini’s agent Marcelo Lombilla, who has been negotiating his clients transfer to St James’ Park for the last three months, slammed Depor president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro for rebuffing the offer from Newcastle, insisting there was “nothing else.”

    Lombilla said: “We must think this part of the negotiation is over. Lendoiro has to understand there’s nothing else.

    “If there were more options, I would be staying (in Spain). Just to clarify things, this possibility with Newcastle appeared three months ago when the offer was for 8m Euros.

    “They even presented a better offer, one for 11m, plus one additional million (for add-ons).

    “Therefore, we’re talking about an offer for 12m Euros. Evidently, he (Lendoiro) believes there’s more, but there isn’t.”

    Lombilla also confirmed that while there had been interest from Spurs boss Juande Ramos, there had been no formal offer, also revealing that Newcastle, who will double Coloccini’s wages on a five-year deal are the only club to have made a suitable bid.

    “The player is wanted in several places, but the English league is what seduces him the most, in both senses – economic and sporting,” Lombilla added.

    “It was proposed to Fabricio a five-year contract with a salary that’s doubling his current wages.

    “There wasn’t any other offer that was not coming from Newcastle.

    “I know personally Ramos. I have a good relationship with him and there is great interest, but no offers.

    “The only one exceeding 10m Euros, which I knew that could satisfy the president, was the one of Newcastle, and it was also interesting for the player.”

    This is not the first time that Lendoiro has done this with Newcastle. It was Lendoiro that sold Toon flop Albert Luque to Newcastle in 2005 for £9.5million (€12m).

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #38

    the words “no formal offer”….

    attention to detail once more!!!!!

    you have been really looking for that piece havnt ya? lol….read the same piece this morning from another site…have you not heard of newsnow?

    shush…its this morning news now….

    ps…I dont know it all however I do know most things…what I do know, is that I know a damm sight more than you….xxxx

  • tip top

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #39

    geez Surjastoon. you just wont let this go will ya fella. Loony has already said peace out.

    Loony : ignore him. he might just go away.

    Then again, he might not…lol

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Shut it tip top I wont be pushed around on any site by mouthy idiots including you so keep out of it.


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