I take you back to a few weeks ago when the regime at Newcastle United let James Perch leave.

I pondered why a hardworking, versatile and dependable player would be allowed to depart the already threadbare squad. When going through the media coverage of the move I came across a quote from Perch that made me sit up and take notice:

Wigan Bound?

‘I understand Newcastle’s new transfer policy……time will tell if it’s the right route’

Now, many of you might say ‘what transfer policy?’ as the lack of any senior players through the door (or should I say ‘over the line’) is becoming alarming. It appears that Perch has been informed of this new policy, something I wish the powers that be would share with the rest of us.

At the present time all we can do is look at the evidence and from what I can make out, the new policy is below (though I really hope I am wrong):

– Release squad/fringe players who are wanted by other clubs and allow young talents to go out on loan. Bring in fitness/performance coach to reduce/limit injuries to first team.

With the addition of Faye Downey as a fitness consultant it appears that Newcastle United are finally trying to address the issue of the continual injuries that have blighted so many promising seasons at St James’ Park. This can only be positive and any help in that area must be welcomed.

However, the results of this and the effect on our players’ injury exposure is anyone’s guess.

Will she be able to get Cabaye through a full season? Limit Taylor’s proneness to impact injuries? Get Ben Arfa playing week in week out at full fitness?

With so many unknowns and so much at stake, I hope my take on the new policy is wrong. While nobody will deny Mr Ashley knows how to run a business, I’m afraid this new approach from NUFC is risky business.

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