Alan Smith is reported today in the News Of The World to want to finish his career on Tyneside.
Alan Smith is close to manager Chris Hughton
And the former Leeds United and Manchester United player still has two years left on his existing contract, thought to be worth around £60K/week.
But news today that Alan will take a pay cut on a new contract if he can get a two year extension tagged onto his current deal.
Apparently talks are due to start on his new contract soon , and the story earlier in the week that Newcastle players would need to take wage cuts next season may loosely been linked with this story.
We don’t think it’s necessarily bad at all that new contracts will not be stupidly over-priced for the club as in the past.
Most players who were on those big wages never earned them in any case.
Much better the seeming honesty that exists with Newcastle’s current players, and it may be that much better things lie ahead for Newcastle – we hope so in any case.
But Smith certainly wants to stay at Newcastle, and presumably money may not be everything for this player, and he is willing to negotiate with the club so he can stay on Tyneside.
Another two years added to Smith’s contract will take him up to 34, at which time he will have to consider retirement, so that’s what the player, who has been full of fight and determination for the Newcastle cause this season, will seek.
Smith is nothing if not a completely honest character and player, and Newcastle fans have taken to him big time this season.
Alan has been paramount in helping Newcastle recover their pride and dignity as a football club, after it was severely stained last season by overpaid and spoiled players, now no longer at the club.
A source close to the player told NOTW:
“Alan is ready to help the cause at Newcastle and take a wage cut if they are prepared to offer him an extended deal.”
“He has genuine feelings for the club now and he wants to end his career there. He’s been very honest with people at the club.”
This is a good story if true, because it will hopefully lessen the demands of other highly paid players still at the club.
If those players want to stay like Alan, then they’ll probably need to take a pay cut too – and if they don’t want to – Newcastle can do just as well without them.