News today that doesn’t come as a big surprise is that Newcastle United will not be renewing Mark Viduka’s contract for another year in the summer.
Mark Viduka – will be leaving Newcastle in the summer
A number of Newcastle players are out of contract this summer and Mark Viduka’s name was conspicuous by its absence when new deals were offered to Owen, Ameobi, Harper and Butt before Christmas.
Newcastle wanted to see how Viduka would play after being out for 6 months with his Achilles injury, and don’t forget he missed the last game of the season at Everton, so he could be ready for the start of this season. He missed that date by several months.
But then Viduka, who has never started a game this season, suffered yet another injury by pulling his groin at Wigan on Boxing Day, and is out for another lengthy time, and there is no return date for him on physioroom.com , which tracks all Premier league injuries at the clubs.
Viduka has made just 22 starts in 18 months from a player who earns over £60K/week, so like Michael Owen, it’s been a bad deal for the club – just because of injuries and the number of games the players have appeared in – which is after all what they get paid for.
Apparently, Mark is now unable to make the number of appearances this season which would trigger an automatic one-year extension to his contract.
That’s another top wage earner off the books in the summer, and if Shay Given leaves it will be more than likely that Michael Owen will leave too, so the good news (if that’s the way to put it) is that the wage bill will be reduced so we can bring in some good new players.