Speaking ahead of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, he said there should be more good news in the coming weeks with a number of high-profile players set to follow suit and sign new deals.
Matty Longstaff is out of contract in the summer, while Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Fabian Schar are key players whose contracts finish at the end of next season.
The manager sat down with managing director Lee Charnley earlier last week to discuss the situation and he told the pre-match press conference he’s hopeful of more breakthroughs soon.
“It was fine. It was just business as usual. We get together once or twice a week and I think that is only normal but here it is a little bit different, isn’t it?
“We have a meeting twice a week. I speak to him every day on the phone. It’s just business as usual. We just carry on and see where we get to.
“He is talking with two, three or four of the players’ agents – the two Longstaffs, one or two others – so I think that will continue but I think Martin was going on for three-and-a-half months since I arrived. I expect good news in that respect.”
He was also asked if tying down key players was as important as making new additions next year and he said: “Yes, especially the ones who have only got six months or 12 months.” (Quotes via Chronicle Live)
With the uncertainty over who will actually own the club by the time the January transfer window comes round, it’s good that Bruce is having positive conversations regarding contract extensions for existing players.
This almost seems too organised for the Magpie’s boardroom, but if they can secure the likes of Longstaff and Schar to new deals, then they’ll have the basis of a team capable of survival over the next few years.
They’ll of course need to make signings to strengthen their ranks, but there’s major uncertainty over whether any incoming will be possible in January, as Bruce has said, so it’s important that he and Charnley look after what they can control.
Newcastle need to keep looking at the long term if they’re to avoid becoming a yo-yo club and this is a good start, but everything depends on how much money they have available to offer to their key players.
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