PAPISS Demba Cisse’s broken his silence on his decision to wear a Wonga-branded Newcastle United shirt ahead of his seasonal debut.
The striker’s set to play against St Mirren tonight after agreeing to wear this season’s jersey.
Cisse - who didn’t travel to Portugal for the club’s pre-season tour - had been unwilling to wear a shirt bearing a Wonga logo on religious grounds.
However, talks involving Cisse, his representative, the club, Wonga, Islamic faith leaders and the Professional Footballers’ Association saw an agreement reached last week.
And Cisse told United’s official website: “It has been a very difficult time for me and the club, and also for the fans.
“I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks. After a huge amount of thought and reflection, I have made the decision to follow my team-mates and wear the kit.
“Now I think it is important for the team and the fans that we concentrate 100 per cent on football.
“Although I did not go to Portugal on the training camp, I was back here working hard on my fitness and preparing for the start of the new season.
“Since then it has been great to be training with my teammates again.
“I feel great and ready to go, and cannot wait to be out there against St Mirren and to play my part for the team.”
There were fears that the issue would force Cisse out of the club.