There’s some good news in the Evening Chronicle today, that captain Kevin Nolan will sign a new deal at Newcastle.
Kevin Nolan – ready to sign new deal at Newcastle
And Nolan has actually told the Chronicle he will sign a new contract with Newcastle “next week or the week after” and that could be the first of a few very important signings for Newcastle, before the summer transfer season even opens up.
The sooner Kevin signs his deal, the sooner Joey Barton will follow suit, and Joey has already said he will sign a news contract if Kevin signs – and Joey’s deal is said to be a three year extension to his current deal, which runs out in June of next year.
We fully expect Joey to sign his new deal, even though there have been stories linking him with Liverpool over the last few days.
The other signing that may be a bit more difficult for Newcastle is left-back Jose Enrique, but we assume contract negotiations can now start with the 25 year-old, since Newcastle are now safe in the Premier League.
However, Jose may have already decided to leave Newcastle in the summer, and if that’s the case negotiations may not even be opened for the Spaniard.
And some good news today is that Kevin Nolan is back in training, and should be fit for the game at his home town club, Liverpool, on Sunday.
Alan Pardew has this to say today about about his captain:
“Kevin wants to play.” “We’ve had to protect him this week, as he’s carrying that injury.”
“It has affected him. We want him to play, but he’ll have to be 100%”
We expect Kevin to make the game but we don’t expect Andy Carroll to make the game, since he’s picked up another injury, this time to his his knee, and at best we think he’ll only make the bench on Sunday.
It will be great to have Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton sign new deals at Newcastle, as these two lads are two of Newcastle’s very best players, and are also leaders at the Tyneside club.