Bramble bullish over chances
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Titus Bramble is hopeful of his Newcastle future despite interest in Daniel van Buyten.Titus Bramble insists he is confident of his future at Newcastle despite the club's interest in Daniel van Buyten.
The impressive Hamburg stopper has claimed that Magpies boss Graeme Souness told him he would play alongside Jean-Alain Boumsong in the centre of defence, a scenario that would leave Bramble with a substitute role at best.
Souness is looking to overhaul his squad after a desperate season at St James' Park in which the club finished in the bottom half of The Premiership, although Bramble is still hopeful of holding onto his place in the team.
Since his 2002 move from Ipswich the 23-year-old has failed to overwhelmingly impose himself on the first team, but showed more promise playing alongside Boumsong when the French international joined in January from Rangers.
Bramble says he expects to continue the productive partnership next season, and revealed that Souness has not informed him of any plans to end his stay at St James' Park.
"I hope to be here next season, I've not been given any reason to think that I won't be," said Bramble.
"Me and Alain have shown signs we can establish an excellent partnership.
"I have the power and he has the athleticism, you need both."