HARIS Vuckic is refusing to give up on his Newcastle United career – but time is running out for the forward at St James’s Park.
Vuckic hasn’t played a first-team game for the club in more than a year.
And the 22-year-old – who spent most of last season on loan at Rotherham United – has admitted that he needs to be playing regular football at this stage of his career.
Vuckic played 90 minutes for the club’s Under-21s against Crewe Alexandra at Whitley Park on Monday night.
The Slovenia international is a candidate to go out on loan either before the Football League’s emergency loan window closes later today – or in January.
Vuckic – whose career has been hit by a series of injuries – is fully fit and patiently waiting for a chance at United – or elsewhere.
“My plan is of course to be a Newcastle first-team player,” Vuckic told the Gazette. “I want to do that, and I have to be patient.
“I hope my chance will come at Newcastle. If not, I have to go forward. I have to look after my career.”
Vuckic, under contract at Newcastle until the summer of 2016, feels he would benefit from another spell on loan.
“I would like to go on loan,” he said. “We will see in January.
“I will have to make a plan with the manager (Alan Pardew) and see what his thoughts are. We have to do what is best for me and the club.
“I’m older now. I’m not under-21. I need to play first-team football. That’s how I’m going to develop.
“I wanted to play 90 minutes (against Crewe). I’m fit now – I’ve been fit for two seasons – and I just need to train hard and play football.
“I need to be patient and wait for my chance.
“I was with Rotherham for half a season, and got a good promotion (to the Championship).
“I didn’t play as much as I wanted, but in the end I think it was worth it.”
United beat Crewe 2-1 in extra-time to progress to the last 16 of the Under-21 Premier Cup thanks to two goals from teenage forward Callum Roberts.
“It was difficult,” said Vuckic, who has made 15 senior appearances for Newcastle.
“They play the same style as we do – they play football with lots of passes. They created a few chances.
“But I think we created more chances, and should have killed the game off.
“When they scored, they got a lift. In extra-time, I think we dominated again, and we deserved the win.”