We were pleased that Steve McClaren cleared up the reasons why Fab Coloccini has been unsettled in this pre-season, and it looks like Alan Pardew was offering him a three year deal to join Crystal Palace, and had offers from two or three other clubs too.
The Newcastle head coach cleared that all up yesterday by offering the Newcastle captain a year extension on his contract at the club – and so the 33 year-old will be at the club until the summer of 2017 when he will be 35, and is expected to retire from the game.
Colo will then have been at Newcastle for nine years.
Fab Coloccini – on the sidelines in pre-season
In his press conference yesterday McClaren also said that Colo had been training for the majority of the time – so we assume that Achilles injury is not bad – and with everything now sorted out it wouldn’t be surprising if Colo starts the game against the Saints on Sunday.
He’s so experienced that he can come in and be ready to play (hopefully) a solid game for the team, and he is going to be an important cog in Newcastle’s wheel for the coming season.
Newcastle need him to play somewhere near his best if we are to have a good first season under Steve McClaren.
This is what Steve said yesterday about his captain:
“He’s done the majority of the training – like the rest – but not played the games,” “It’s another decision that will have to be made on the day, but sometimes the best way to get up to speed and fitness is just to play.”
McClaren also explained that Colo was very well respected by all the Newcastle players:
“I asked a lot of people in the squad, the senior players, and to a man they said they wanted Colo in the team.”
“They respect him as a player, man and captain. From then on it was a case of sitting down and saying, ‘We want you to stay’.”
“From day one he has said to me that he wanted to finish his career at Newcastle, but that there were three or four opportunities that he had.”
You can stick somebody in like that without any match fitness – but only if they are experienced – like Fab Coloccini.
We expect Fab to lead out Newcastle on Sunday and hopefully we can start off thee season with a win.