Two of Newcastle’s free agents have fixed themselves up at new clubs, with Danish International Peter Lovenkrands joining Lee Clark at Birmingham City, and former England International Alan Smith joining MK Dons, the club he played for on loan since January.
Peter Lovenkrands - in Birmingham colors
Alan Smith was offered a coaching role by Alan Pardew at Newcastle, but it seems he wants to keep playing a few more years.
This is that statement MK Dons released on 31 year-old Alan:
“The former Manchester United and England star was a huge hit with the fans during his loan period with the club last season and always expressed his desire to stay at stadiummk.
“After battling against a number of other clubs for Smith’s signature, Karl Robinson will be delighted at sealing the permanent signing of his number one summer target.”
Alan suffered a very serious broken ankle while at Manchester United and that curtailed hios play as a striker and he settled in as a holding midfielder and played very well for Newcastle during out relegation season.
Peter signed a two year deal at Birmingham, where Lee Clark is the manager, and Peter had this to say about his new club:
“Birmingham is a fantastic club, I have no problem being in the championship, it’s a tough league, I was there with Newcastle and enjoyed it.”
“Birmingham have great fans, I’m looking forward to trying to get some goals for them”
Peter was one of the main goalscorers for Newcastle in the Championship promotion season, hitting 16 goals in just 32 appearances, and he can still knock that ball into the back of the net.
Alan Smith played 94 times for Newcastle and 35 times in our promotion season and was signed from Manchester United by big Sam Allardyce for £6M in the summer of 20007, and 32 year-old Peter played 84 times with 29 goals, since he was signed as a free agent bu Joe Kinnear, from Schalke 04 in January of 2009.
We thank both players for their time at Newcastle, and both were first class professionals on Tyneside, and we especially thank them for their sterling work in our promotion season – it’s very much appreciated.