Nicky Butt finally signed a one year extension at Newcastle United, which will keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2010.
Nicky Butt – wants to finish his career on Tyneside
Nicky Butt has just turned 34 last month, but he shows little sign that his legs are going, and with Kevin Nolan being signed and hopefully Danny Guthrie back in a couple of weeks, Nicky will be given a rest now and again by Joe, in the run-in to the league.
In fact we’d like to see how Kevin Nolan and Danny Guthrie play like together, because both lads can certainly run all day, and Kevin was very efficient in the Newcastle engine room on Sunday.
Nicky talked about singing his contract, and of course he was very keen to stay at Newcastle, despite the recent turmoil at the club:
“I’m happy to get it sorted and I now know that I’ll be staying at Newcastle next season,”
“Hopefully we can get things moving forward again and start climbing the table and finish this season as strong as we possibly can.”
We only want players who want to be at Newcastle, and Nicky fits into that category, and in fact all the players we have now, following the January ins and outs, are at Newcastle because they want to be there.
Nicky has played 138 matches for Newcastle since ending 12 years with Manchester United in the summer of 2004.
And it seems the former England midfielder likes working under Joe Kinnear, and Joe was delighted yesterday to have Nicky for at least one more year at Newcastle:
“I’m delighted to have Butty on board for another year,”
“He’s a great lad and has plenty of experience, which we need at the minute.”
“He’s been raised the right way in the game and we’ll certainly benefit from having him around.”
Nicky does take some stick from the fans, but who doesn’t these days?
But Nicky is very experienced, and he continues to put some solid performances in for the team, but we expect him to be used less by Joe Kinnear, now that he will soon have more players that can operate in central midfield.
That’s what Nicky said he had wanted, so he can have a rest now and again.