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?