It looks like Haris Vuckic’s career at Newcastle is over, and the Slovenian International may even end up at Glasgow Rangers, where he spent the second half of last season on loan and did well in the Scottish second division.
Haris Vuckic on loan to Rangers last season
Haris has been speaking to the Slovenian media and the former prodigious teenager had this to say about whether he would be leaving Newcastle this summer:
“It’s true, I’m going. I spoke with the coach who did not see me in his plans, so we all together decided that was the best way for me.”
“I respect the decision of the coach and go on. I think I am well prepared and even more so, I am determined. I want somewhere where I will play.”
When Newcastle signed Vuckic from Domzale in January of 2009 as a 16 year-old, he was one of the best players at his age in Europe, and the tall central midfielder was thought to have a great future in front of him.
Newcastle signing such a sought after youngster was thought to have been a coup for the Tyneside club.
But mainly because of a number of serious injuries his progress was thwarted at Newcastle, and he just hasn’t come through as expected, and he will now leave Newcastle with just one year left on his contract.
Haris is a good illustration of how difficult it is for youngsters to come through and fulfill their potential in football, however good they are as teenagers, and it’s a very risky business.
At one point Haris attracted some big clubs who were thinking of signing him, including Manchester United, our opponents on Saturday.
But now he may end up in Scotland’s second division, although he’s a better player than that – but Rangers should be able to get back to the Scottish Premier League this season, and if Haris does join the Scottish club he could help them do that.
And then there may be better things ahead for the Slovenian in Scotland, who turns 23 on Friday.
Vuckic made his Newcastle debut back in August 2009 as a 17 year-old and late substitute in a League Cup tie with Huddersfield Town, and since then he has played 19 times for Newcastle with one goal in the six and a half years he has been on Tyneside.
With his various loan spells to Cardiff, Rotherham and Rangers, he has made 65 first team appearances with 15 goals.
We wish Haris all the best for his future.