Newcastle United leader Coloccini signs extension, retains captain’s armband

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Fabricio Coloccini isn’t going anywhere.

Newcastle United’s Argentine captain spent another summer on the “will he or won’t he leave” bus, but has agreed to an extension to his contract through 2017, with an option for another season.

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New boss Steve McClaren didn’t take long to recognize what all recent Magpies bosses have seen: Coloccini is the leader of the squad.

More importantly, he’s a steady center back who has maintained some semblance of normalcy despite a substandard cast of characters next to him in the middle of Newcastle’s back four.

From NUFC.co.uk:

United head coach Steve McClaren said: “From day one at the Club, Fabricio has been a stand-out character and I’m delighted we have secured his future with us.

“Once we sat down together to iron things out, I knew straight away his heart was with the Club and the new contract was agreed very quickly. Fabricio is my captain. He is a leader, hugely respected throughout the Club and a top-class player on top of that.”

Coloccini added … “I am also very happy to continue as the captain of this football club. Captaining Newcastle makes me so proud. I am not from this city or this country, and so to be given the responsibility of wearing the armband every week is a very special thing.”

The Magpies’ stable of center backs is dicey, with fiery but injury-prone Steven Taylor joined by an inconsistent at-bst Mike Williamson and new signing Jamaal Lascelles.