One of the players being heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United is former Magpie Bradley Orr.
Bradley Orr – 26 year-old Bristol City right back
But the Liverpool born Orr never played for the first team at Newcastle and left for Bristol City on a free transfer in 2004. But Alan will know all about his play, as they would have trained and practiced together.
The right back has so far played 189 times for Ashton Gate club, with 10 goals, and presumably would be an understudy to Habib Beye, and he just signed a new two and a half year deal with Bristol City in January.
We have no idea what kind of fee we’d need to pay for this player, and he may be one of the players Alan has already almost ties up – awaiting his appointment as Newcastle manager.
It’s clear Shearer seems to want to fix the full back positions at the club – on both sides, since we were short of full backs last season, and had to play center backs and wingers there a lot of the time.
At the same time we had 8 strikers fighting it out for the two starting positions up fornt, and the squad was extremely unbalanced, as Alan has already pointed out.
Bad planning – as usual from the Ashley team, and with the lack of full-backs in the squad, who do we sign for £5.7M on th last day of the transfer market last September?
In his wisdom (or lack of it) Dennis Wise brought ina Spanish striker of course – Xisco, who was hopeless last season. No wonder Kevin was livid.
The disturbing news on Orr is the 26 year-old spent 14 days in prison following an assault outside a Bristol nightclub in October, 2005. Oh, here we go again, and we’d be very surprised if Alan signs another player who has seen time in jail, as we are having enough trouble getting rid of bad boy Joey Barton.
Also jailed in the same incident were fellow teammates Steve Brooker for 28 days, and David Partridge for 2 months. It was 1st September, 2006 that Orr was sentenced to 28 days in jail relating to the incident in the previous October.
Orr and Brooker were released on September 14th 2006, serving only half of their original sentence. Is this the kind of stuff we want to be talking about our players at Newcastle?
But Orr, on the good side of things, was named in the PFA’s Championship team of the season 2007/08.
On November 27, 2008, Bristol City placed Orr on the transfer list, because he had rejected several contract offers, but then in January of this year, the club announced Orr had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at the club.
What do you think about this player for Newcastle?