Davey, we can only hope they stay above average players and stay whilst they are needed, but there seems to be a lot of loyalty or should I say more loyalty to a club if you are born and from the area.
Unless as a player you get a chance to move to the big 4 or 5 clubs (which does not include any of the NE clubs incidentally) there does not appear to be much difference between the other 10 established premiership clubs and the remain 5 or 6 are always scrapping for survival. yes this year all 3 NE clubs have been involved in the dog fight but usually Newc and Mboro are out of the dog fight by mid March. (well they have been for the lsat 4 or 5 years anyway if i'm not mistaken).
However saying all that have a pushy agent and you will end up like Anelka....!