I Love Playing For And Living In Newcastle – Viduka

Mark Viduka has been out six months with an Achilles injury but he makes no secret of the fact he hopes his contract is extended for another year, as he says he just loves playing for and living in Newcastle.

Mark Viduka – should Newcastle extend his contract?

Mark told BBC Radio Newcastle today:

“I love playing for and living in Newcastle and would love to stay,” “Whatever happens with the club I like being involved and would love to stay another year.”

“But I’m not thinking about that. I’m just thinking about getting back.” “We need to get together and forget about all the distractions off the field and start to play as a team.”

“For the past however many months it’s been all over the place all the time.” “I think the appointment of Joe Kinnear is a good thing because we now know who is in charge for the next six months at least.”

“Hopefully we can get together and start to function as a team and it will be difficult to beat us.” “I think we have the players to do it. Once we do start playing we can beat anybody.”

Mark has appeared just 29 times for Newcastle United since signing for the club 18 months ago as a free agent, and has made 21 starts. Mark also has 7 goals but we understand he’s on wages of around £60K/week so those goals have come at some price to the club.

Anyway, we’ll run a poll, and let us know whether you think Newcastle should extend Mark’s contract for another year from next summer.

Comments also welcome.

14 comments so far

  • wigaz

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    When fit no doubt quality player but it’s a big WHEN! Dont know if we’d get someone as good without oaying serious dollar but who would want to come to us at the moment? when fit viduka is twice the player heskey is no question!

  • Spitfire

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    I bet he would love to stay and have another year at Newcastle. What are his options? Who is mug enough to take a risk on him at an inflated salary. Funny hows he has been silent so long but suddenly is talking to the BBC just before his contract is up.

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Agree…A fit Viduka is a quality player…

    He also looked a little trimmer on Sat when he came on….Can only be good for us….Was very good towards the end of last season and played a big part in helping us get away from trouble

  • david

    Dec 2, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #4

    im australian and i believe that giving him another year at newcastle would be a good thing as once his contract finishes hell prob head back to australian and he is a good player and can score goals when in form

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 2, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    “I love playing for and living in Newcastle and would love to stay,”

    Only because we make the best pies.

  • samthecat

    Dec 2, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    i am also on a very good contract so please renew it-creep creep. I dont think so-70000 a week.

  • Nick

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #7

    If we renew his contract them we have learnt absolutely nothing and we’ll never be a big club!
    When will we ever get ruthless and not overly sentimental.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Pay-per-play would be ideal. Dunno if he’d take it.

    ..and I thought he looked pretty handy on Saturday. Really hope he starts this Saturday, with Owen and Martins, KK-stylie…

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Nick – I agree. However at the moment we aren’t exactly in a great position to start and give demands or ultimatums to any of our players. Unfortunately we NEED every single one of our squad to bit fit and ready to play if we are to progress up the table.
    Had we been in a better position Viduka would probably be out the door and someone younger and better would be in to replace him. The same goes for Michael Owen. Great player on his day, but the situation we are in means that we need him more than he needs us. Tragic.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Micky & Nick – I think you’re overly harsh on the Owen-Viduka partnership. If (huge ‘if’) they can avoid being crocked for a decent run of matches, I think they’ll be a threat to any team in the league – especially if JFK can also include quick players like Zog and Martins.

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Dec 2, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    here man, he’s good.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 2, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Extend his contract if he can stay relatively fit until the end of the season.

  • Tooner

    Dec 2, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #13

    The only way I’d like to see Viduka in a Newcastle shirt next year is on a pay to play deal.

    Viduka brings up something we don’t have elsewhere in the team, but his injury layoffs and his huge salary are too much of a burden.

  • Ssav

    Dec 3, 2008 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Viduka is great at what he doe s- hold-up play and a great first touch. Now Shearer ha sretired he is the best there is. But its not only his wages are expensive. The Duke is a dinosaur in the modern game because he is so immobile he is a luxury in the side. You have to play to suit him and when the team is chasing the ball, Viduka offers nothing whatsoever. We need a big forward who can also run down channels and track back when we lose possession.
    If he gets a renewal it should be some form of pay-as-you-play.


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