NEWCASTLE United’s Remie Streete is counting down to the days to the start of pre-season training – after working through the summer.
The highly-rated defender, from South Shields, has been troubled by a series of injuries over the past two years.
And Streete, a candidate for a loan spell next season, is hoping for better luck next term.
The powerful 19-year-old – who has a year left on his United contract – has been working over the summer ahead of the start of pre-season training early next month.
“I’ll work hard in pre-season, and hopefully that’ll put me in the position to have a good run next season,” Streete said.
“I’ve just got to work hard and start afresh next season.”
Streete ruptured his ankle ligaments in a reserve derby in 2012, and the luckless centre-half had spells out with other minor injuries last term.
A thigh problem ended hopes of a loan away from the club late last year.
There had been interest in Streete from League One and League Two clubs.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew - who handed Streete his first-team debut last pre-season - is keen for him to gain Football League experience away from St James’s Park early in the campaign.
Pardew has high hopes for Streete, who was regularly involved in first-team training last season.
Streete says facing the likes of Loic Remy in sessions didn’t faze him.
“Other people probably think about it more than me - I just see it as another striker,” said Streete.
“I’ve done that since I was young. For me, it’s just another player.”
Slovakian defender Lubomir Satka is also pushing for a place in the first-team squad, having impressed at Under-21 level last season.
Satka, a cultured centre-half, was travelled with Pardew’s side to a number of away games last season.
The 18-year-old made his debut for Slovakia’s Under-21s this summer against England’s C team.
NEWCASTLE United’s pre-season games in New Zealand against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix will be shown live on BT Sport.
United take on Sydney in Dunedin on July 22 (8.30am kick-off BST) and Phoenix in the capital on July 26 (4.30am).