Newcastle United Set To Agree New Deal For Defender

New contract in works for Fabricio Coloccini.

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Newcastle United are to offer Fabricio Coloccini a new contract to keep him at St James’ Park until the end of his career.

The central defender joined the Tyneside club in August 2008 for a fee of up to £10.3m, and has since become team captain.

With his current deal expiring at the end of next season, now is the logical time for Newcastle to begin their negotiations.

This season Coloccini formed a tremendous partnership alongside Steven Taylor in the Magpies back line, with only eight goals conceded in eleven Premier League games, but once the Englishman was ruled out for the rest of the season with injury, the defence has proved somewhat shakier.

Still, the Argentina international has been a great servant to the club, and has settled well on Tyneside. In October he was selected as the 2011 North East Football Writers’ Association player of the Year, and he continues to impress.

Toon manager Alan Pardew has been short of cover at the back with Taylor’s injury, and the likes of James Perch have had to fill in with mixed results.

Transfer bids for James Tomkins and Adrian Mariappa fell through, and Newcastle’s main strengthening was done further up the field.

Having been linked with Liverpool prior to the transfer window slamming shut, it now appears that Coloccini will see out his football career at Newcastle United.

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