Vuckic: "We'll Wait And See"
Written by Newcastle Utd
Even Haris Vuckic was surprised when he appeared on the bench at Arsenal, and now he's waiting to find out where he'll spend the rest of the season
By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Haris Vuckic will "wait and see" what his immediate future holds after returning from his loan spell with Cardiff City.
The Slovenian starlet was a shock inclusion on the Newcastle bench for Monday night's trip to Arsenal - with even the player taken by surprise to be involved at the Emirates.
But following last week's injury to Peter Lovenkrands, which looks likely to sideline the Dane until the end of the season, Vuckic could now be thrust back into the first-team set-up on Tyneside, having already made two Barclays Premier League starts this term.
It had been widely expected that he would stay with Cardiff until the end of the season but instead, he has been recalled and the 19-year-old is now waiting to learn whether he will return to the Welsh side or remain at the Sports Direct Arena.
"My loan expired on 10th March and I got told on Sunday morning that I needed to come to London and that I was in the squad," explained the Academy product.
"I was surprised - but happy as well, and it was a very good experience.
"It was quite a disappointing night for the team because we were really fighting for that point and it's always disappointing when you concede a goal in the last minute, but we just have to stick together and look forward to the next game on Sunday, and try to win."
Vuckic made five appearances in all for Cardiff during his loan spell, and scored his first senior goal in a 3-1 win over Peterborough.
He also made his full international debut last month, appearing as a substitute against Scotland.
"I played a couple of games, which was a good experience and good for my confidence," he told nufc.co.uk. "I got fitter as well, so the loan has helped me a lot.
"They were happy with me. I just trained as well as I could and when I got an opportunity, I tried to play well. I came on as a sub against Bristol City last weekend. I was very motivated and we got a goal, so I was very happy because I really want Cardiff to get promoted.
"When you're on loan, you have to switch on and just concentrate on that club. I know that Newcastle is my first club but having spent time with Cardiff, I will be happy for them if they go up. And I was really pleased that they got a win which means they're back in the play-off places.
"Hopefully they'll keep winning games and get into the play-offs.
"We will see what happens next. The gaffer (Alan Pardew) will decide what we do. The options are that I extend my loan until the end of the season or I stay at Newcastle, so I just need to train and wait for my opportunity until a decision is made.
"We'll see what happens. The gaffer will decide, Newcastle will decide - and I will be happy with either option. If they decide I should go back, I'd be very happy to."