FRUSTRATED GRIFFIN TO CONSIDER HIS OPTIONS
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The marauding full back, signed by Kenny Dalglish from Stoke, has struggled under Bobby Robson, and feels he may have to leave if he cannot make an impact.
Griffin has made more off-field headlines than on, being one of the four Magpies players sent home in disgrace from a tour of Spain for a breach of club discipline.
He has not figured in the first-team since the defeat by Liverpool at St James' Park in September, and his chances have not been helped by a fine run of form by the defence that has seen them climb to the head of The Premiership.
Griffin signed a long-term deal at the start of the season, but admitted he may have to turn his back on Newcastle if he is continually overlooked for selection.
The 22-year-old said: "It's very frustrating because you don't feel part of the team that's been doing so well.
"The manager's got no reason to change the team, and that's obviously unfortunate for Warren Barton and myself.
"Aaron Hughes is a centre half and he's playing as good as any right back in the country. That proves the quality of the squad at Newcastle - it's a massive club.
"You've got to take your opportunity when it comes and Aaron's certainly taken his at right back.
"But it's not what happens to Aaron Hughes - at the end of the day the fact is I'm not playing.
"If things carry on the way they are then I'll have to look at the situation. All I want to do is play first-team football, though your chance always does come, whether it's in two weeks or four years.
"But I can't sit back for four years. By then I will be approaching 30 and looking at the last few years of my career.
"I've got four-and-a-half years left and I hope that all my hard work will pay off in the end. However, if I'm not able to get into the team in whatever circumstances then I'll have to look at things.
"At the end of the day I need games. I've not played a lot of them this season. I've only played four times for the first-team."
Other players reportedly unsettled on Tyneside are goalkeeper Steve Harper, who is unhappy at not being given a run-out in the Worthington Cup defeat by Chelsea, and Aaron Hughes is said to be fuming at the club`s latest offer of a new contract.