Newcastle defender David Edgar looks likely to join Premier League newcomers Birmingham City, after seemingly failing to secure a new contract at St James’ Park.
David Edgar – 4 year deal at Birmingham?
The Kitchener, Canada-born defender’s contract runs out at the end of the month, along with those of Viduka, Owen and Cacapa, and will seeming end his 9 year association with the Tyneside club.
We had though that Alan Shearer may have wanted to keep him on at the club, especially if Sebastien Bassong moves out. David is a center-back and is much more effective in that position than at full back, where he’s been deployed in over the last couple of seasons.
In the run-in last season, David was one of the few who gave it all he had, and that’s not surprising for a lad who came through the Academy and joined Newcastle way back in 2002, as a 14 year-old, when he left Canada and moved into his grandmother’s home in Hebburn.
He was sent off in the last match at Villa Park, towards the end of the game, more through frustration than anything else.
But it may be that David hasn’t got that extra bit of class to make him a top player, and Shearer may not stand in his way as he looks to bring in some other full-backs, like Brad Orr, over the summer.
That’s a big assumption that Shearer will shortly be named Newcastle manager, but it’s rather difficult to see that not happening now.
Newly-promoted Birmingham City are a club Newcastle want to emulate this coming season, since after being relegated a year ago, they finished second top to Wolves in the Championship last season, and came immediately back up – an excellent piece of coaching from their manager, Alex McLeish.
In fact the Championship fixtures for next season are due to be announced ay 10:00 am today.
Birmingham are said to be leading the chase to sign the 22-year-old 6’2″ player on a free transfer, when he returns from his summer vacation, and reports of a four year deal have been mentioned. That would be very good for the youngster.
Edgar, the son of former Newcastle goalkeeper Eddie, played a total of 19 games for the club with two goals, against Manchester United (what a goal!) and Liverpool, no less.
He’s played for the Canada U17 and U20 sides and has been told by the current Canadian manager that he must be playing regular first team football, to have a chance of playing for the full Canadian side.
We wouldn’t have minded seeing David stay on at Tyneside, but the news is that he wants first team football, and is not prepared to sit on the bench at Newcastle next season.
That’s understandable for a lad of his age, with International ambitions, and if he does move on, we wish him the best of luck.