Newcastle United have announced they are delighted to confirm the signing, on a one-year contract, of (the great) Sol Campbell.
Chris and Sol – terrific news – to say the least
Sol, who will wear the number 5 shirt at St. James’ Park, said:
“At this stage of my career I couldn’t have wished for a better move. To join a club such as Newcastle United, with its proud tradition, heritage and magnificent support, is absolutely tremendous for me.”
“I’d like to thank Chris Hughton for putting his faith in me and aim to repay him and the supporters by giving everything I possibly can to help re-establish this great club in the top-tier of English football.”
“I just want to play and can’t wait to get started. There’s a real buzz about the place and that’s great. I’ve played at St. James’ Park numerous times and always found it a fantastic place to play, there’s always a tremendous atmosphere.”
“Chris will focus everyone together and get the team ready for the season, it’s nice seeing Colin Calderwood too having played with him at Tottenham.” “Getting out on to the training pitch this morning will be a wonderful feeling!”
Great words from Sol, and of course he’s been courting Fiona Barratt for a while before their marriage 10 days ago, and she’s a Newcastle supporter, so we know Sol knows a lot about the club, having appeared at St. James’ Park many times before.
Manager Chris Hughton was obviously delighted and added:
“I have known Sol since he was a lad at Tottenham and am fully aware of what he has to offer. That is experience, quality, calm assurance and leadership. He’s a dedicated professional, a terrific addition to the squad, and I look forward to working with him again.”
Campbell, 35, already has a total of 635 appearances with 29 goals in his career and he no doubt will add to that at Newcastle.
Yes, the player is past his best, but his enormous experience and professionalism will be great for Newcastle during this coming season, and Sol already seems to feel the buzz on Tyneside, and will no doubt be trying to be match-fit for our first game at Manchester United on 16th August.
That’s just 19 days away – would you believe it?
A massive 86% in our poll think Sol is good signing for the Newcastle club – and we have to agree with that.
And Sol will not be the last one to arrive by any means, as others will come in before the end of August, we’re sure of that.