Newcastle United could do with more like Danny Simpson
When Joey Barton claimed that most footballers were "knobs" he certainly could not have been talking about Danny Simpson.
The old saying "never judge a book by its cover" could not be more appropriate when it comes to Simpson.
Usually most people who have played within the four walls at Old Trafford get brain washed by advisors within Manchester United into thinking that talking to the media (or many would say to the paying public via the media) is a bad thing.
It started with Sir Alex Ferguson putting the gag on a young Ryan Giggs and if you have read Lee Sharpe's book, there is a section that talks about how the young winger was lambasted for doing an interview after scoring a hat-trick against Arsenal at Highbury during a League Cup win in the early 1990s.
Gary Neville is also known to have snubbed many an interview during his visits at St James' Park while Nicky Butt has a chequered relationship with our own paper over something that happened before my time here.
Simpson has not turned up at Newcastle in Manchester United mode.
He's not only put in some fantastic displays on the pitch his attitude off it has been superb.
Not just with interviews but also attending community events and the fact that he accepts that his role at Newcastle is not only what happens on the pitch.
Simpson quickly realised the importance of the fans at Newcastle United and this has been reflected in his comments since joining the club.
When he first signed he claimed that the fans here were much better than those at his previous club Sunderland and LOUDER than at Old Trafford.
Many might think that he was saying that to win a move to Newcastle - but having only been there five minutes at that time, I'd say it was more to do with him being honest
And having watched football mercenaries come and go from St James' Park in the last 10 years, it's refreshing to see Newcastle sign somebody who is not only sweating blood for the cause - but also get's it when it comes to seeing what life in the Toon is all about.
He realises that in this city most people eat, sleep and breathe Newcastle United and he's prepared to take the time to take it all in.