Defender Ciaran Clark is reported to be close to agreeing a new deal with Newcastle United.
The Republic of Ireland international’s current contract expires in the summer, meaning he could depart for free.
The Telegraph claim that the 31-year-old is set to extend his stay at St. James’ Park, rather than seek pastures new.
It had been reported that Crystal Palace were showing an interest in him, but the £35,000-a-week star (Spotrac) is set to snub the Eagles.
The development perhaps won’t improve the mood of too many Newcastle fans right about now, even though it is good news.
The Magpies were beaten by 1-0 by Sheffield United last night in the Premier League in what was one of the worst performances for some time.
Billy Sharp’s second-half penalty was the difference between the two sides, and fans have vented their anger since the final result at the nature of the performance.
News of Clark’s impending new contract comes after Bruce recently lauded him for his form, saying earlier this month (Chronicle): “He’s fiercely competitive and I remember the tackle he went into at Arsenal and he knew he was going to get hurt, but he went in for the sake of the team.
“He is a very good player and I know discussions are ongoing with his agent and I hope in January we can tie him up.”
Clark contract a minuscule positive
Clark being close to agreeing a new contract is a positive.
The former Aston Villa man – who signed for the club for around £5 million in 2016 (BBC Sport) – is actually one of few players able to hold their head high this season, and it would be an oversight to lose him on a free transfer.
Hopefully, there will be no issues and Clark can sign the new deal and then play out of his skin for the remainder of the season – the team, the way things are going, is going to need that.