The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that Australian League club Gold Coast United have rubbished claims they will try to sign up free agent Mark Viduka in the summer.
Mark Viduka - the injured warrior
The Australian has had a terrible season of injuries at Newcastle this time around, but Mark was always injured last season too, so it looks like his body is starting to give out for top-class football.
Mark will leave Newcastle in the summer, along with a host of other overpaid stars at the club, whether we are relegated or not, and that will clear the deck for new arrivals at Newcastle.
The A-League newcomers have made a typical brash arrival on the football scene, as Australians seem to do, and outspoken owner Clive Palmer laughing off suggestions they should be nicknamed The Millionaires – and suggesting Billionaires instead – show off!
Or as Brian Clough would have said – big head. But Clive seems to have no plans to take one of Australia’s best ever players, as he said today:
“He would be a great addition, but I don’t know where we would put him in,” “If you look through our team it is hard to find a weakness.”
“Someone has made that up,” “We are talking to some really top guest players which we will announce later on but Mark is not one of them. I assure you of that.”
“The last time I heard he was injured.”
That last line of Clive’s could have been said anytime this season, as Mark has hardly earned his £60K/week wages at Newcastle, just like a lot of the other overpaid stars we currently have on the books.
But on the bright side, let’s hope one or two come through for the club in the final 7 games of the season, and then it will have been worthwhile – maybe. But watch for a big clear-out of players this summer – whatever happens – and we just hope Alan Shearer is still in charge then.