Kuqi to repay Pards

SHEFKI Kuqi is determined to repay Alan Pardew for giving him the chance of a lifetime at Newcastle United.

But the striker admitted he’ll be judged on actions, and not words, at St James’s Park.

The 34-year-old yesterday joined the club until the end of the season to provide cover up front in the wake of Andy Carroll’s sale, and the injury to Shola Ameobi.

Kuqi could make his debut against his former club Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park tomorrow.

The much-travelled player will be named as a substitute after two days of training with his new team-mates, with Pardew having been keen to have a physical option to bring off the bench.

Newcastle is by far the biggest club Kuqi has joined, and Kuqi insists he won’t let Pardew, and a sceptical fanbase, down over the coming months.

“In my career, this is one of the happiest times,” Kuqi said.

“It’s the biggest club I’ve played for in every respect. It’s every player’s dream to play for this club in front of 50,000 every week, not just in front of them, but with the support they give as well.

“I’ve had a taste of the Premier League, and it’s the best place to be. I couldn’t turn down this opportunity.

“I’m not going to promise to do this and that, but one thing I’ll definitely do is give 110 per cent every game, and every minute I’m on the pitch.

“I’ll try and help the team as much as I can.”

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