Owen sticking with Newcastle

Michael Owen has given a strong indication that he plans to stay at Newcastle after revealing he cannot wait for the start of next season.

The England star's future has been the subject of conjecture for some time with the striker having just over a year to run on his current contract.

Newcastle are keen to hold talks with Owen about a contract extension as they look to tie him down to a long-term deal.

"In a way we want this season to continue because we're on a great run," Owen told the club's official website.

"But if we can take these performances and the confidence we've got about us and add one or two top players then it's going to be exciting times.

"It's the oldest cliché in the book, but we really are all in it together. It's nice to play some good football, to get some confidence and it's nice to get the fans' backing.

"And it's nice to climb up the table. I couldn't have imagined saying a few weeks or months ago there really is a buzz and anticipation for next season."