Monday, May 03, 2010

Bigg Market ban for Bigger Lad

Bigger Lad made his appearance in front of magistrates on Thursday and was granted bail, one of the conditions of which being that he steers clear of the Bigg Market. The court case proper kicks off on 2nd June - the outcome of which could potentially disrupt Chris Hughton's plans for the forthcoming campaign.

Chris Hughton has admitted: "If he asked for the number nine shirt for next season it’s something that I would have to seriously think about. I am aware of what that number means here. There is responsibility that goes with that number. One thing that I am sure is that he is big and brave enough to want it." Presumably that "responsibility" extends to off-field extra-curricular conduct...

Hughton also spoke highly of Fraser Forster, confirmed plans to discuss a new contract with Steven Taylor ("there is absolutely no reason why he and Andy Carroll cannot play in the same team together") and revealed that the revolving door at St James' isn't likely to be spinning much this summer ("I don’t envisage too many coming in and I don’t expect too many wanting to go").

(Paul's report on yesterday's curtain-closer at Loftus Road to follow tomorrow.)


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