DANNY Simpson still has a role to play in the last few months of his Newcastle United career, according to Alan Pardew.
A deadline-day move to Wigan Athletic broke down at the 11th hour.
And Simpson will now leave St James’s Park in the summer, when his contract ends.
The 26-year-old has recovered from the foot injury he suffered at Arsenal in late December, and manager Pardew says he won’t hesitate to call upon the right-back.
However, Simpson, an unused substitute in Thursday night’s goalless draw against Metalist Kharkiv last night, now finds new signings Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa ahead of him in the pecking order at St James’s Park.
“Danny’s available,” Pardew said.
“I have to say that Danny wants to show people he’s a Premier League player.
“So Danny’s in the frame, yes. He will have a role to play. He’s a paid player at this football club – he’s a professional player.
“I expect him, when I call upon him, to do his absolute best for me. I don’t doubt that he will. I have no doubts.”
Simpson has made 131 appearances for Newcastle since joining from Manchester United, initially on loan, in August 2009. He has also scored two goals for the club.
Talks over a new deal broke down last season, and Debuchy, signed from Lille last month, is now United’s first-choice right back.
Wigan made a £850,000 bid for Simpson last month, but the proposed deal fell through after Newcastle demanded a fee in excess of £1m for the Salford-born player.
Another of United’s transfer-window signings, Yanga-Mbiwa, can play at full-back. Mbiwa made his full debut at right-back against Metalist.