Alan Smith refusing to give up on NUFC career

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ALAN Smith is refusing to give up on his Newcastle United career.

Smith has made just one substitute appearance in the club’s remarkable start to its Premier League campaign.

The midfielder has been linked with a loan move away from St James’s Park.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce - who signed Smith for United in the summer of 2007 - has been credited with an interest in the 30-year-old.

But Smith - who yesterday played for United’s reserves in their 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic - is still hopeful of being involved, despite so far this season being on the very fringes of Alan Pardew’s squad.

“I take each game as it comes, and try to help everybody have a successful season,” Smith said.

“It’s a long season, and we need each and every player to be committed to the club. We’ve seen that over the last couple of years.

“There’s been a change of the guards, and the people that (stayed) really care about the club. It’s about the club itself.

“We saw it in the Championship and last season. The manager’s touched on it - the second season in the Premier League is tough.”