Haris Vuckic is now 24 years old and inexplicably both he and Newcastle United thought it a good idea to agree an extended contract a year ago.
In summer 2015 the Slovenian international had a year remaining and if that had remained the case, he would have been finished at St James Park this summer and able to move on and find a new permanent home.
However, a contract extension was agreed and the Newcastle striker/midfielder’s deal now runs out in summer 2017.
Haris Vuckic was one of the 40+ moves that happened in and out of St James Park this summer, agreeing a loan at League One Bradford City until 3 January 2017.
Wednesday afternoon has seen Vuckic make his first appearance for Bradford and he was on the wrong end of a 5-0 defeat, to add insult to injury it was a reserve game against Burton Albion.
Whilst never looking good enough for the Premier League, he does have a certain amount of talent and to have made only 33 first team league appearances at this stage of his career isn’t great.
Spending last season at then League One Wigan, Haris Vuckic spent most of his time on the bench, only starting five league matches.
Like so many other young players who were never going to be good enough for Newcastle’s first team, he was given far too long a contract (five and a half years in January 2011) and then to compound that, an extension a year ago.
Hopefully Rafa Benitez will help bring an end to this brainless idea of giving out such long contracts, which doesn’t do the club or players any good, simply in the blind hope that miraculously these players will dramatically improve the longer they are kept at St James Park.
Good luck to Haris Vuckic in this latest attempt to kickstart his career at Bradford.