It’s strange there have been reports about other clubs being interested in Newcastle’s right back Danny Simpson.
Danny Simpson tackles Etherington on Saturday
There have been reports that Danny could move to a bigger club, and two clubs that have been mentioned are Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers, both of whom are fighting relegation.
Yes we mean that as kind of sarcasm, because why on earth would Danny want to leave Newcastle for Birmingham City or Blackburn Rovers?
Well, an answer to that may be for a better contract, because when Danny signed his new deal just over a year ago on Tyneside, Newcastle were still in the Championship, and Danny was said to be unhappy at the offer.
It was leaked to be only around £10K/week (only?), but at that time it was not clear whether Newcastle would be in the Premier League this season, and of course the lads made it quite easily.
The transfer fee agreed with Manchester United was said to be around £750K, and Danny Simpson signed a three-and-a-half-year contract on 20 January 2010, which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2013.
Of course he’s worth a lot more than £750K these days, and Danny has been another good buy for Newcastle, and only turned 24 in January, and was even being watched by the England selectors earlier this season, such was his form.
But maybe other clubs, which today is said to include Glasgow Celtic, are looking at Danny is in case he’s unhappy with his Newcastle contract this summer.
Surely he’s earned a new deal on Tyneside, because this lad has improved a lot since he signed on permanently 14 months ago.
We expect Danny is one of the players Alan Pardew talks about, who will probably get a new contract in the summer, but first of all Newcastle have to secure their safety in the Premier League, and that is job one, and Danny Simpson can help Newcastle do just that.
For the record the Salford-born player has played 64 times for Newcastle with one goal, and that appearance figure would have been higher but for the injury to his ankle he sustained over the last three games of last season.
Danny played injured during those games, and the injury turned out to be a lot worse than the medical staff had realized, and Newcastle paid the price for that, as did Danny boy.
Ass soon as Simpson was fit again, he easily regained his place in the side from James Perch after about 11 league games, and even Reserve team coach Peter Beardsley came out and said Danny was a lot better player than he had realized.
And since then Danny has been a solid player for the Magpies, and he also seems to love it at Newcastle. In his overall career so far he has 144 first class appearances and two goals.
Give this boy a new deal this summer – he deserves it.