On-loan QPR striker Loic Remy hopes to pay Newcastle United back

HAPPY START: 'United star Loic Remy celebrates after securing a vital victory for Newcastle
HAPPY START: 'United star Loic Remy celebrates after securing a vital victory for Newcastle

LOIC Remy is determined to make up for lost time at Newcastle United.

The striker made his debut in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham after joining on a season-long loan from QPR – six months after turning his back on a proposed permanent move to St James’s Park.

The 26-year-old opted at the 11th hour for Loftus Road, where there was a better financial package on the table.

But he was made available for loan after QPR’s relegation and the France international is grateful United made another move for him.

“I’m grateful to this club for showing a lot of interest and coming back for me,” Remy told SportMail. “I really need to repay them by going out there and doing my very best on the pitch.”

Newcastle could attempt to make the move permanent at the end of the season, but Remy, for the moment, is just focused on getting his United career up and running after recovering from a calf injury.

“We’ll see what happens, but for now I’m focused on doing as well as I can for Newcastle,” added Remy, who is looking to leave his “personal mark” on the club.

“I’m very happy. It’s not by chance that I chose to come to Newcastle.

“This is a club with a big history.

“I want to have a great season and score as many goals as I can.”

Remy was thrown on late in the game against Fulham with the score still goalless, and he made an impact, finding goalscorer Hatem Ben Arfa with a crossfield ball in the 86th minute.

“It was really good,” said Remy. “I was happy to get on to the pitch and experience my first few minutes here,” he added.

“I’m not sure whether I can claim it as a pass to Hatem for the goal or not, because he did a hell of a lot of work himself.

“But it was a fantastic finish from him.

“I’m just happy for the team and happy for the fans as well. I think they needed something to smile about, so it was positive.”