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Birmingham Leading Chase For 22 Year-Old David Edgar

Newcastle defender David Edgar looks likely to join Premier League newcomers Birmingham City, after seemingly failing to secure a new contract at St James’ Park.


David Edgar – 4 year deal at Birmingham?

The Kitchener, Canada-born defender’s contract runs out at the end of the month, along with those of Viduka, Owen and Cacapa, and will seeming end his 9 year association with the Tyneside club.

We had though that Alan Shearer may have wanted to keep him on at the club, especially if Sebastien Bassong moves out.  David is a center-back and is much more effective in that position than at full back, where he’s been deployed in over the last couple of seasons.

In the run-in last season, David was one of the few who gave it all he had, and that’s not surprising for a lad who came through the Academy and joined Newcastle way back in 2002, as a 14 year-old, when he left Canada and moved into his grandmother’s home in Hebburn.

He was sent off in the last match at Villa Park, towards the end of the game, more through frustration than anything else.

But it may be that David hasn’t got that extra bit of class to make him a top player, and Shearer may not stand in his way as he looks to bring in some other  full-backs, like Brad Orr,  over the summer.

That’s a big assumption that Shearer will shortly be named Newcastle manager, but it’s rather difficult to see that not happening now.

Newly-promoted Birmingham City are a club Newcastle want to emulate this coming season, since after being relegated a year ago, they finished second top to Wolves in the Championship last season, and came immediately back up – an excellent piece of coaching from their manager, Alex McLeish.

In fact the Championship fixtures for next season are due to be announced ay 10:00 am today.

Birmingham are said to be leading the chase to sign the 22-year-old 6’2″ player on a free transfer, when he returns from his summer vacation, and reports of a four year deal have been mentioned. That would be very good for the youngster.

Edgar, the son of former Newcastle goalkeeper Eddie, played a total of 19 games for the club with two goals, against Manchester United (what a goal!) and Liverpool, no less.

He’s played for the Canada U17 and U20 sides and has been told by the current Canadian manager that he must be playing regular first team football, to have a chance of playing for the full Canadian side.

We wouldn’t have minded seeing David stay on at Tyneside, but the news is that he wants first team football, and is not prepared to sit on the bench at Newcastle next season.

That’s understandable for a lad of his age, with International ambitions, and if he does move on, we wish him the best of luck.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Well he’ll be suspended for his first match!

    I thought Edgar was on fire against stoke was it?

    Oooh SSN talking about we – saying we need a good start and need to compete and that the foreign big money players are in for a shock for the grounds we will go to! Well fair comment like and no malice in the way it was said.

    Its true – but our future is in our own plans. We will be playing some right dross so Im confident of goals and wins.

    Will we go up first attempt – my heart says yes, my head says bot sure – doubtful.


  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry bout the tyoing – im on the mrs notebook and its tiny!

    20 mins til fixtures.

    Ed you gonna do a piece on them?

  • Ericles

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    I think there should be a place for David at the club. He can play anywhere across the back – surely that and his wanting to play for NUFC means something. But then Birmingham are the lure of the Premiership – a pity.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    donny at home please

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Eight minutes and counting

  • dougnufc

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    7 mins!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Ive got BBC website ready to hit refresh at 10am.

    Come on SJP 8th August.

  • dougnufc

    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    1 MORE MINUTE!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    west brom away


    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Uh we play WBA on the first day

  • dougnufc

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11



  • Stuart79

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Could it be any harder in our first game?


    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Aren’t they (WBA) also managerless at the moment?


    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    guys, how would I go about getting a ticket in the away end for the cardiff game? I’m living in Wales and really wanna go to this game but sit in the away end. All my familly live up north but i’m not sure if any of them are season ticket holders. Is that the only way? or will they be on genral sale?

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Weve got a few mid weeks and i think some matches will move for the tele.

    Im gonna have to beg and scrounge at work for some of the matches – reading first home match.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    welsh – you will have to get from nufc website. it goes Season ticket / membership / public sale.

    Give the NUFC box office a ring for advice mate,

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    I think WBA will be a good test and will show where we are likely to be over the season. I’d rather play a team low from relegation than someone like Peterborough on a high from promotion in my first game

  • cicero

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    WBA no manager
    Reading no manager

    Not a bad start, tough but not banana skins

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Reading do have a manager

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 17, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #20

    If Newcastle sell Edgar I honestly think we would come to regret it. He’s never been given an extended run in the team and has been our strongest reserve defenfer for years now. If he’s ever deserved a shot in the centre of defence, it’s now. I’ll be sad if he moves on, but it’s understandable.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 17, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Be worth a put keeping David for a year extension see how he gets on for a season playing more games.

    It’s the senior failures I want rid of sorry bunch of wasters.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 17, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #22

    @Worth a punt

  • Sav

    Jun 17, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    I honestly find it near impossible to believe that two words from Al wouldn’t have Edgar signing up for another season, for no cost, little wages, he’s young, fit, no bad injury record and ready to run through walls. Why let him go and sign Orr? Even if we persuade Bass and STaylor to stay, we will need Kadar and another player to cover centreback positions. Why not Edgar? He is closer to a regular first team spot than he has ever been. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  • Nick D

    Jun 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Good young player, sad if it’s true he’s going.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Not strong enough to be a centre-back, not quick enough or skillful enough to be a full-back.


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