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Tuesday 15 November 2011

Guthrie calm over Newcastle deal

Midfielder ready to fight for Magpies future after injury-hit spell

Danny Guthrie has struggled to win a regular starting place with Newcastle this season

Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie says he is not fretting about a new contract - even though his current deal ends in the summer.

Guthrie, 24, has struggled to force his way into the Magpies' starting line-up this season, making only one Barclays Premier League appearance in their first seven matches, and playing in their Carling Cup win at Nottingham Forest.

New signing Yohan Cabaye has impressed alongside Cheik Tiote in Newcastle's midfield, meaning Guthrie - who was injured for part of last season - has had to wait patiently for a chance to shine.

"I've got six months left at Christmas, so we'll assess it in January," said Guthrie. "I'm not worried about deals or things like that - there's no rush.

"I'm happy with how things are going, and I just want to get back in the team. It was frustrating last season because of all the injuries.

"It was an ankle injury, and I was out for eight weeks or so. It was the same injury I had at the back end of last season.

"But hopefully, I've put them behind me. I've got to wait for the opportunity to get in the team and stake my claim."

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Key Points

  • Midfielder's contract expires at end of the season
  • Stiff competition for starting spot at in-form Magpies
  • Guthrie says he is fully fit after injury problems