Newcastle United have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Jeff Hendrick.
The midfielder arrives on a free transfer after rejecting a contract offer at former club Burnley earlier this summer and has signed a four-year-deal at St James’ Park.
Here’s what the 28-year-old has told NUFC.co.uk now his move to Tyneside has been made official today:
“It’s a massive club and playing over the years, going to the stadium, it’s one of the best stadiums to play in, so I just want to get playing there.
“I’ve had over 100 games in the Premier League but I want to keep going and keep improving with a different team.
“It’s going to be different for me, the demands with the bigger stadium, the crowd, how big the club is, so I’ve got to take that on and keep pushing myself and striving to get better.
“I’m looking forward to it – I can’t wait.”
Hendrick is now at the club’s week-long training base in York and is believed to have met his new NUFC teammates for the first time this afternoon.
He’s been a key part of a strong Burnley side over the past few seasons and is someone Sean Dyche is believed to be disappointed to lose, with us reportedly beating the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham and a host of European clubs to his signature on a free.
A cut-price alternative to Bentaleb and perhaps an upgrade too based on his superior work ethic, versatility, form at Premier League level in recent years.
Let’s hope the signing of a striker, attacking midfielder and left-back follow soon!