Exclusive: Smith's finished in Toon after Pards drops him from injury-hit squad
Published 11:20 21/12/11 By James Nursey
Alan Pardew has signaled the end of Alan Smith's Newcastle career by omitting him from their latest squad tonight despite several midfielders being out.
Smith, 31, is a free agent at the end of the season when his £60,000-a-week deal expires.
The former Manchester United ace has made two sub appearances this season after returning from injury.
But he has not even made boss Pardew's bench for Wednesday's Premier League home game with West Brom.
Newcastle are without injured midfielder Danny Guthrie and suspended duo Yohan Cabaye and Dan Gosling.
But Smith has still not been selected and looks set to leave next month with a pay-off to get regular football.
Rookie Haris Vuckic,19, is poised to make his first League start instead after coming off the bench in Saturday's draw with Swansea.
Former club Leeds will be interested in Smith after making enquiries for the ace in the summer.