Newcastle Utd’s Gosling unsure of future after Crystal Palace deal stalls

Newcastle United's Dan Gosling
Newcastle United's Dan Gosling

DAN Gosling admits he doesn’t know what the future holds for him after the breakdown of his move to Crystal Palace.

The Newcastle United midfielder underwent a medical at the club last month.

But the move broke down at the 11th hour - and Gosling returned to St James’s Park.

The 23-year-old has since played two games for the club, and he is expected to be involved when Newcastle take on Rangers at Ibrox tomorrow night.

Asked about the proposed move to Selhurst Park, Gosling said: “It was nearly there.

“But it didn’t materialise, so I came back here and got my head down, worked hard and have played two games.

“I’ll just play as many games as I can and we’ll see what happens.

“It was difficult, but it affects people differently.

“I just get on with my job. I’m employed by Newcastle United, and it was no bother for me to come back.

“I’ll just get my head down and get on with my work.”

Gosling, having seen injuries restrict his appearances for United over the past three years, is at an age where he needs to be playing regularly.

And he could yet leave the club before the end of the transfer window in search of first-team football.

“I was always happy to be here, and I’m happy to stay, but I need to play football,” added Gosling.

“That’s what I’m paid to do, and I haven’t been doing that.

“Whether it is (time) to move on, or whatever, who knows? I just want to play football whether it’s here or somewhere else.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was quick to welcome Gosling back into the fold after the move was called off.

He handed him a start last week at St Mirren, and he impressed in the No10 role behind Papiss Demba Cisse.

And the former Everton player, signed by Chris Hughton in the summer of 2010 while recovering from cruciate ligament surgery, also featured against Gateshead on Friday night.

“He’s been great with me since the start of the season when we came back,” said Gosling.

“Everybody has been great. We have a big squad, and the manager has tried to give everybody minutes.

“It can’t be easy with the size of the squad, but he’s doing a good job. Hopefully, we can all keep going.”

Having not travelled to Portugal last month for United’s pre-season tour, Gosling is playing catch-up with his fitness, and he was grateful for the minutes he got in the wins over St Mirren and Gateshead.

“It was a late call (to play against Gateshead), but I was always going to play if I got asked,” he said.

“Everybody needs minutes. I missed the trip to Portugal where the lads had two games, so there’s one game caught up.

“Maybe there’ll be on or two more to add on still. I’ll keep working hard and get back to fitness.”