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Nolan set to remain at Newcastle United
Published : 28 Apr 2011 16:30:06Rss feed
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is ready to sign a new contract to end speculation over his future.
The 28-year-old midfielder, who has scored 12 goals to date this season, has become a key figure in the Magpies' dressing room and team-mate Joey Barton recently indicated that if the former Bolton man put pen to paper, he would follow suit.
Now Nolan has revealed he intends to do just that within the next fortnight to hand manager Alan Pardew a major boost. The Liverpool-born player, who has two years of his existing deal to run, told the Evening Chronicle: "Negotiations are at an advanced stage. Most things have been agreed and I would think I will sign next week or the week after."
He added: "The gaffer and the board have been great about it. It's almost done and dusted. I want the whole thing over and done with because, until I sign, everyone is going to be asking me about it."
Nolan, who has been linked with a summer move to West Ham, was one of the gang of senior players who united the Newcastle dressing room in the wake of relegation to the Championship two seasons ago.
He, keeper Steve Harper and midfielders Alan Smith and Nicky Butt helped forge the spirit which proved so influential in the club's title charge and subsequent Barclays Premier League campaign.
Nolan, who scored 18 goals last season, has been a significant contributor once again, particularly in the wake of Andy Carroll's January departure for Sunday's opponents Liverpool. However, the hat-trick he scored in a 5-1 rout of derby rivals Sunderland on October 31 last year earned him his place in Geordie folklore.
Nolan, Barton and Jose Enrique are all players whose futures Pardew hopes to secure, although while there have been suggestions Barton is also ready to extend his stay on Tyneside, the Spaniard has been heavily linked with a series of suitors, including Liverpool.
Pardew is convinced he will receive a large proportion of the Â£35million the club raked in from the Reds for Carroll with which to strengthen his squad, although he has always seen the retention of his best players - midfielder Cheick Tiote signed a new, long-term deal earlier this year - as his first priority.
Nolan added: "We have made so much progress since relegation. We need to keep important players and sign more, which is what the gaffer intends to do. I am desperate to bring success to St James' Park. I watched Newcastle in their two FA Cup finals at the end of the '90s and the fans deserved at least one of those to end in victory. We know we can bring back the good days and go one better by winning a trophy. That is my dream, for it to happen in my time."