Tuesday 15 November 2011

Coloccini eyes extended Newcastle stay

Newcastle skipper is loving life with Magpies after impressive start to season

Fabricio Coloccini has established himself at the heart of a mean Magpies defence

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has hinted that he is ready to extend his three-year stay on Tyneside.

The 29-year-old Argentine defender has less than two years to run on his existing deal, but fellow countryman Jonas Gutierrez penned a new four-year deal in September and Magpies boss Alan Pardew is hoping to tie up Coloccini on a similar agreement.

"I'm very happy here, so we will have to see what happens," he said. "It was important for Jonas to get his new deal as well. Along with scoring against Wolves, it was a good week for him."

Coloccini has recovered from a tough start at St James's Park to establish himself as a cult hero and he was appointed as captain in the summeer following Kevin Nolan's departure to West Ham.

Newcastle lie fourth in the Barclays Premier League after a superb unbeaten start to the season and Coloccini says the mood in the camp is much better than it was last year.

"We are happy because we are working well and things are coming right for us," he added. "The team spirit is different to last season. When you start well, everything is good, everyone is happy.

"We will find out more when we have some bad times, but now the spirit is fantastic. We have good people in the changing room and I think that's the key for us to keep winning and playing well."

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Key Points

  • Defender hints he may sign new contract
  • Coloccini took over from Kevin Nolan as captain
  • Delighted at Newcastle's impressive start to season