Friday, May 12, 2006

Shay to stay

It seems that the sound of Fat Fred crooning the East 17 classic 'Stay Another Day', far from inducing Shay Given to flee St James' in terror, has inspired our ever-reliable Irish custodian to sign a new five year deal.

Given is quoted as saying: "I'm extremely delighted to get my new contract sorted". Presumably, amidst the joy at qualifying for the Intertoto and the euphoria of Shearer's testimonial last night, he's forgotten what's it's been like playing behind Boumsong and Bramble. Our defence generally gives him about as much cover as the skirts worn by "ladies" who frequent the Bigg Market do their modesty.

Of course it's a massive coup for Fred and the club - Given is second to none in the Premiership, and it's a huge relief that we've managed to tie him down before his weekly heroics brought suitors knocking at the door with offers he would have been hard-pressed to turn down. He just seems to love it on Tyneside, and he may yet be rewarded for his loyalty with the captaincy, having skippered the side in the last three games of the season in Shearer's absence.

He did also add: "Hopefully we can win something in that time because I'm still very hungry to win things as a Newcastle player" - something of a veiled warning to Fred that he has to pull his finger out in terms of signings this summer. As for being hungry, Shay - well, we know how that feels. Our stomachs have been rumbling for years.


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