We knew that the 28-year-old Joey Barton has a lot to thank both the Newcastle United club and their loyal supporters for, over the last three years.
Joey Barton – wants to stay on Tyneside
Even after spending time in jail just over two years ago, Joey has managed to come back and play at his top form for Newcastle this season, and he is very thankful to the Newcastle fans, who still seem to love this Liverpool-born midfielder.
After he came out of jail, we would have been only too happy to have seen him shipped out of the Newcastle club, that’s very true, but to Joey’s credit he has managed to control his demons since then, but of course as we saw a few weeks ago with Morten Pedersen – it’s still a struggle for the lad.
He has proved us wrong – and full credit must go to the player for that.
But Joey is now almost a symbol of this new Newcastle United side – the lads at the club right now are only too happy to be on Tyneside, and indeed they are proud to wear the famous black and white striped shirt of Newcastle United.
And unlike the side of two years ago, Joey and the rest of the lads are willing to scrap it our with anybody these days – and it’s a real never say die attitude that we’ve seen from this team both last season and so far this season.
Joey has 18 months left on his contract and he wants new deal to stay at Newcastle.
This is what Joey said today:
“Being fit and part of a group like this, that’s always going to make you happy. And when your own form’s good and the team’s form’s decent, it’s a great atmosphere.”
“I’ve got a lot of things to make up for at this club and that’s still my goal. Obviously, once you start coming towards the end of a contract, people start making noises and that’s the case. Who that is, I don’t know. I’m enjoying my football here and I’d quite happily stay here for the rest of my career.”
“Everyone in and around the club is aware of that. I’m not banging on people’s doors saying I want a new deal. I’m a strong believer in fate and when the time’s right we’ll sit down with the club and if it’s the right thing to do we’ll get it done.”
“I’ve got quite an affinity with the Newcastle fans because of everything that’s gone on and think that, if I can’t go to one of the big clubs in the world, I’m quite happy to stay here. Outside the teams going for the title, the reason I came here was they were capable, with the fan base, of pushing on.
“The places we’ve gone this season and won, and the way we’ve performed, gives me the belief that with maybe a couple of signings here and there, we have the potential to break into the top six top or eight.”
It seems that Joey has a huge ally in new manager Alan Pardew, and we’re sure Alan has already talked to the powers that be at Newcastle, to ensure negotiations on Joey’s new contract will start soon.
Joey’s on a massive £60K/week at Newcastle at the moment, and it’s unlikely that much will be offered to him this time around, but with incentives in his new contract for Newcastle doing well and clauses like that, we have to believe Newcastle can reach a new deal with one of the star players at Newcastle right now.
And it’s obvious that Joey Barton is not just on Tyneside just for the money – he’s become far too much committed to the club for that.
We need Steven Taylor, Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Hatem Ben Arfa all signed up at Newcastle on long term deals as soon as possible, and then we could go somehow in the next few seasons.