Newcastle have sprung a surprise on the final day of the window by reportedly giving 23 year-old Haris Vuckic a new contract and he has been loaned out to Wigan Athletic in League One.
Well, that’s according to the Daily Record in Scotland, and Sky Sports are also reporting the same story – and if it’s true it’s a bit of a surprise.
Haris Vuckic – while at Rangers earlier this year
Keith Downie of Sky Sports tweeted this from the Benton Training grounds – so he probably has inside information on this.
We understand Haris Vuckic is close to signing a contract extension at #NUFC and going out on a season-long loan to Wigan Athletic.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) September 1, 2015
Vuckic has been at Newcastle since January of 2009, when he was signed from Domzale with great fanfare, and he had great potential.
But probably because a number of long term injuries, he has never fulfilled the enormous promise he showed as a teenager.
When he was signed six and a half years ago, Domzale held a press conference to announce the then 16 year-old was leaving, and let’s just say he was one of the best players in Europe at his age at that time.
We had thought with one year left on his current contract, the once capped Slovenian International would be sold this summer, but it looks like Newcastle are giving Haris the chance.
It’s similar to what the club did with Sammy Ameobi, who got a new contract of two years, and was sent off to Cardiff City on loan for the season.
It looks like Steve McClaren has seen enough of the central midfielder to think he may still be a good player and we suppose he gets a chance to prove that at Wigan.
There’s no mention of how many years the contract has been extended by – but we’d be surprised if it was than a one year extension – so his contract will run out in 2017.
This looks like a safety first move by Newcastle, who seem to be giving Haris another season to prove he should be staying on Tyneside long term.
It’s not yet official of course.
Haris Vuckic has played 19 times with one goal for Newcastle, and while at loan at Cardiff, Rotherham and Rangers, he has made another 46 first team appearances with 14 goals, with 9 of those coming while north of the border earlier this year.
What do you think?