REMIE Streete is ready for the biggest season yet of his fledgling Newcastle United career.
The highly-rated defender is entering the last year of his contract at St James’s Park.
After two injury-plagued seasons, Streete is looking to make up for lost time, and the centre-half could be loaned out by United manager Alan Pardew for first-team experience when the new season begins.
The teenager, from South Shields, came off the bench in last week’s friendly against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
He didn’t travel to New Zealand for the club’s pre-season tour of the country, and his next opportunity could come against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on July 30.
Pardew is understood to be keen for Streete to go out on loan to a Football League club.
For his part, the 19-year-old is keen to play competitive football after so much enforced time on the sidelines.
“We’ve got four centre-halves at the moment, so I could get out on loan and get some experience,” Streete said.
“I’ve had a bad two seasons with me being injured – that’s hindered me a little bit – but I’ve got a year left on my contract at Newcastle.
“I want to push on here, get some experience on loan and see where I am at the end of the season.”
Streete has regularly trained with the club’s senior squad, and he feels he’s improving, and gaining confidence, with every session.
“I’m gaining confidence,” he said. “When you’re a young player and make the step up, you have to get your confidence first through training.
“Hopefully, I can play more and more and get more confident, and then have a good season ahead.”
Luckless Streete, determined to give himself the best possible chance, did extra strength and conditioning work over the summer months in readiness for the new season.
“It’s more hard work in the gym, but hopefully I can keep fit and keep progressing,” said Streete.