Newcastle secure futures of key players to build Magpies future

Newcastle United declared their intention to build upon their successful campaign so far, by announcing new long-term contracts for captain Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul. Having lost a previously promising Newcastle prospect in Andy Carroll little over a year ago, new deals for key figures in Alan Pardew’s squad will offer assurances that the club are determined to establish a core to their side as the club continues to progress.

Having announced the news on the eve of the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland, news of a four-and-a-half year contract for Coloccini and a five-and-a-half year deal for Krul will undoubtedle galvanise the Newcastle support, ahead of one of the Toon Army’s most eagerly-anticipated clash of the season.

In the wake of Shay Given’s departure for Manchester City in 2009, Krul and long-serving Steve Harper found themselves among the contenders for the first-choice position in the Newcastle goal. After early appearances in the Championship following Newcastle’s relegation, Krul continued to establish himself following the Magpies’ return to the top-flight. A key component of a much-praised Newcastle defence in the early stages of the season, Krul has almost inevitably been linked to a move away from the Sports Direct Arena, with Tottenham Hotpur highlighted as potential suitors.

In Coloccini, the Magpies have a central defender who has grown in stature since his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008. Like Krul, the Argentine was key to the revival of Newcastle’s fortuens following their 2009 demotion. After Kevin Nolan’s departure in 2011, Coloccini was awarded the captaincy by Pardew prior to the start of the 2011-12 season. After being linked with a move to Liverpool, Newcastle will be delighted to have fought off any potential interest in their skipper.

After a turbulent few years for the club, both on and off the pitch, with Given and Carroll among the departures of key players, Newcastle now look to be ushering in a new era, with a core of key players appearing in the first-team squad. With the futures of the captain and first-choice goalkeeper now secured, as well as the additions of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in attack and the emergence of midfielder Chieck Tiote, the Magpies now look to be building a side capable of climbing the table.While the speculation surrounding Newcastle’s key players may continue, the club’s latest announcement will certainly show the club’s intention to avoid becoming a feeder clubfor English football’s elite, in a bid to move closer to them.

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