Agent: No new Toon deal for Joey

Agent: No new Toon deal for Joey

Published May. 25, 2011 2:31 p.m. ET

Joey Barton's agent has revealed Newcastle will not be offering the midfielder a new contract to stay at St James' Park.

Barton is entering the final 12 months of his deal with the Magpies this summer and the club were thought to be keen on agreeing an extension.

However, after talks with the player's representatives, Newcastle have decided not to offer a new contract to Barton and will allow the former Manchester City man to see out his current deal.

Barton's agent Willie McKay has confirmed the Tyneside outfit have decided not to make a fresh offer to the 28-year-old after holding talks with club officials over his future.


"I had a meeting with Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley and they have indicated Joey will not be offered a new contract," McKay told

"Joey will continue to be a Newcastle player next season and then he will leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract.

"Joey would have loved to have extended his stay at Newcastle, but unfortunately it is not to be.

"Joey has loved his time at Newcastle and nothing will change his commitment for the club next season.

"Obviously we will be monitoring the situation next January to try and find a new club for Joey as he can speak to clubs from abroad in January."