Saturday 03 March 2012
Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul have both signed new deals with the club.
Argentine defender Coloccini, 30, has agreed a new four-year contract until 2016, while 23-year-old keeper Krul has committed to the club for a further five years to 2017.
"These guys have both got the chance of player of the year at this club"
- Alan Pardew
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said the news was a huge boost ahead of Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland at the Sports Direct Arena.
Pardew added: "Sometimes the most important players are the players you have already, and these guys have both got the chance of player of the year at this club.
"They've been absolutely terrific and deserve their new contracts."
Coloccini, who joined the Magpies in 2008, said his ambition was to win silverware with the club.
He said: "All the players want to do better for the club. We are doing really well and we have to keep going like this.
"I owe the manager a lot because he gave me the chance to play in the Premier League"
- Tim Krul
"We have to keep going, working harder and hopefully at the end of the season speak about Europe."
Krul, who joined Newcastle in 2006, has enjoyed an excellent season after becoming the first-choice stopper.
"We are definitely heading the right way and I am really happy to commit my future for five years," he said.
"Of course committing Colo, our captain, is very important for me also because that just shows the way the club is heading at this stage.
"Times are great at the moment. I owe the club and I owe the manager a lot because he gave me the chance to play in the Premier League."