Butt agrees extension, Smith set for return
And the Toon are also set to welcome back Alan Smith to first-team action after a six-month layoff with a broken ankle.
The 28-year-old is expected to make the squad against West Brom this weekend.
"I've been unable to pick Smithy since coming in as manager, and I'm delighted to get the opportunity to do so now," Kinnear told the club's official website.
"I have always rated Smithy very highly, and he'll bring in the battling qualities we need at the moment. He works his socks off in training and in games as well. He wears his heart on his sleeve and that's what you need when you are up against it."
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