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Transfer Listed - 04/06/2003


Yesterdayís call from the gaffer came as a bit of a surprise. Iíd missed his call so I picked it up on my voicemail, and although Iíve got slight mixed feelings about the situation, overall it has to be a good move for me.

As a player I want to first team football and that just didnít happen last season. So in professional terms the opportunity to move on to a club who want me is exciting. I honesty donít know where Iíll go, but oneís things for sure Ė Iím going to give it everything Iíve got. Iíd wanted to go out on loan last season but the gaffer wouldnít have it, I need first team football and at 24 years of age, itís no time to be a regular in the reserves. Obviously Iíd like to go to a big a club as possible, but weíll see what turns up. All I ask for is the opportunity to prove myself.

As a Newcastle supporter all my life it does feel a bit disappointing that the club are letting me go, but it had to happen one day. Iíve had some great times here and Iíll always be a Geordie and Iíll always support the Toon. Lee Clark also loved the club but just like me he wanted first team football. Of all the clubs to offer it to him it was Sunderland. I now know what he felt like when he left, and I can tell you that I also understand him wanting to stay in the North East. But Iíd go anywhere Ė as long as I was playing. Itís not the longest of careers and Iím as hungry now to get on in the game as Iíve ever been. I spoke to my agent yesterday and no doubt heíll be making a few calls, as soon as something solid comes up Iíll let you know.

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