Mark Viduka Could Finish Career In Australia

We had mentioned yesterday there was little chance of Newcastle United offering Mark Viduka another contract at the club, as he’s been out injured most of the last 18 months.


Mark Viduka – too many injuries at Newcastle

And today The Sun newspaper is reporting that the former Celtic, Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker is indeed worried that he will not be offered an extension to his deal at St. James’ Park, which runs out at the end of the season, due to his recent injury problems.

The Australian international has played only five games for Newcastle this season, but that is still five more than Alan Smith has played this season. At least captained the Reserves to a 1-0 win at Blackburn last night.

Newcastle are keen to cut their wage bill, but maybe the better way to say that, is the club are keen to get high wage earners, who don’t contribute enough to the club and therefore don’t earn their wages, off the books.

And that’s just good business.

Viduka, Cacapa, Geremi and Smith are four players in that category, and will probably be moved out in the summer.

Smith earns £60K/week as a striker but has been at Newcastle for 18 months, and is still to score his first senior goal for the club, so you see what we mean.

The Daily Mail speculates today the 6ft 2in striker could join his home-town club Melbourne Knights, where he started his professional career by scoring 40 goals in 49 matches.

But since Melbourne are no longer in Australia’s top division that would hardly seem feasible, but there again, when did The Mail ever let actual facts get in the way of a story?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • zoggy

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    He was finished as a player the day he left Leeds.

  • zoggy

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Not quick enough for the prem anymore.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Shame really if the Duke could have stayed fit, I think we may not have struggled as much over the last two seasons.

    Good luck to him whatever he does

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    So Alan Smith has been with us 18 months and has not score a prem goal yet !!!!

    At £ 60 k per week that is nearly £ 5 million in wages.

    If he does ever score for us it had better be F**king spectacular !!! lol 😀

  • edwincjx

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    @born again geordie

    agreed 😛

  • riquelminho

    Feb 17, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Used to be quite good..

  • Ericles

    Feb 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Everybody knows we have to unload Smith and Viduka. Put them on a white elephant stall come summer.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #8

  • tripp

    Feb 18, 2009 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #9

    ah love the Duke, but have to agree that he’s simply not worth the wages. He should retire at the end of the season and go out with the dignity that a footballer of his quality deserves. His assist on Duffer’s goal to finish off spurs was worth whatever we pay him this season… and don’t forget that his brace against Derby is what kept them doing the double on us last season. Those two performances are worth whatever we’ve payed him. 😉

    We do need to trim the wage bill massively though and likes of the Duke, Smudger, Cacapa, et al need to be cleared out to make room for younger players who can contribute more to the club.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10



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