Alan Smith has one year left on his five year contract, and he was one of a number of players that Sam Allardyce brought to the club in the summer of 2007.
Alan Smith – would be great catch for Orlando
The other two players that were brought in on five year deals at that time were Jose Enrique from Villareal and Joey Barton from Manchester City, and of course the deals run out next summer.
News today from the US that Orlando City manager Adrian Heath wants Alan Smith to join the club at some time in the future, which is obviously on its way up the leagues in America.
They are currently in the USL, which is the third tier of American football (soccer), but we’re sure their plan is to get into the MLS just as soon as they can.
But it’s an open question whether they can attract Alan to America, given that next summer, Leeds United and other teams could well be after the free agent.
Heath told The Journal today:
“I’d love to take Alan over here at some point.” “We have spoken a couple of times so far and it seems at the moment he wants to sit out the last year of his contract at Newcastle.”
“So I may have to wait but if anything changes, he can come to Orlando whenever he wants.”
“I know he likes it here and I’d love to sign him.”
Alan would be great for any ambitious side in the states, and of course his leadership and experience would be huge over here.
And there’s Disney World too! What more could Alan ask for?
And the local Raleigh side – the Carolina JayHawks are doing great this season.
They play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, and are having a fine season, and are way out ahead in their league.
They have 41 points from 17 games and are 12 points ahead of the second placed side, the Puerto Rico Islanders.
And Stephen Glass, now 35 years old and the Scottish midfielder who played 42 times with 7 goals for Newcastle from 1998-2001, is currently on the roster at the JayHawks.