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Viduka hoping for new contract at Newcastle United

Mark Viduka says he would love to sign a new contract at Newcastle United.

The 33-year old striker has endured a tough season due to injury but is returning to form at the right time of the season as the Magpies strive to survive in the top flight.

Viduka said he can see the club enjoying success, especially if Alan Shearer stayed on as manager.

"I would love to spend some more time at this club," Viduka said.

"That's my personal thing. I would love to have good times here and with Alan Shearer as a boss, this club has a lot of potential.

"I have been here for two years and we've had five managers. I would say to whoever is in charge, keep Alan for as long as he needs.

"The fans love him, he is Newcastle through and through, he is a big personality, people respect him and the players respect him."

Viduka also praised Shearer for showing faith in him even when he was injured.

"When I had problems with my Achilles, I worked hard to get back but Joe Kinnear didn't look like he wanted to use me," Viduka said.

"When Alan Shearer came in, the first thing he said to me was, 'are you up for a fight?' and I am always up for a fight. I said 'definitely.'

"I'm a massive fan of Alan's ... I admired him as a player we play the same position and when someone with his personality and what he has done in the game comes and says, 'I need you', it lifts you."

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