Joe Kinnear was told when he came to Newcastle United that the word on Mark Viduka was that he would retire next summer.
Mark Viduka – would like another year at Newcastle – if he can get it
And it seems like Joe has got that in the back of his mind, as no contract extension has yet been offered to the Australian striker, and his contract runs out in June.
Mark has only appeared 28 times for Newcastle with 7 goals in the last 18 months, and he’s has been our injured far too much at Newcastle – that’s the problem.
It depends to a large extent how well Mark contributed to the team in the next 5 months, but we don’t really expect Newcastle to give him another year, at least not on his very high current wages.
But Mark would certainly like another year as he talked about it today:
“I never had it in my head that I might be retiring and, for me, it would be ideal if I could play one more year here.”“I enjoy doing it. I love coming to work every day, especially when we win games. It’s a beautiful place to be.”
“Ideally, I’d love to play another year for Newcastle, but if it’s not to be, it’s not to be.” “I work hard for the team whenever I’m used, but football’s a funny game and anything can happen.”
And Mark had a positive impact on the game yesterday, right at the end of the game, as he set up the winner for fellow substitute Damien Duff.
“It was looking like it was going to end up a draw and it was a big three points for us. It’s always nice as a striker to be involved and to show a little bit of your style.”
“We didn’t really get into those positions too much, but Damien and me have struck up a bit of an understanding between ourselves in training.”
“We do those sort of moves all the time – it was automatic. I’m just very happy to be back on the field. It was nice to get on.”
“To be involved in a winner in the last minute was something very special.”
Newcastle may decide they have enough front men in Michael Owen, Shola Ameobi, Oba Martins and 19 year-old Andrew Carroll, so they can let Mark retire or move on at the end of the season.
And there;s always boy wonder 17 year-old Nile Ranger coming through in the Under-18 side, along with 18 year old promising Italian striker Fabio Zamblera.