DAN Gosling’s finally ready to get his Newcastle United career up and running.
The midfielder is desperate to make up for lost time at St James’s Park, having spent his first season at the club in the treatment room.
Gosling arrived last summer on a free transfer from Everton.
But the 21-year-old was still recovering from rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament when he signed, and was available until Newcastle’s last visit to the Stadium of Light in January.
Gosling’s fleeting appearance proved a false dawn, as he suffered a setback in the wake of his brief substitute’s appearance late in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland.
The former England Under-21 international didn’t kick a ball in anger again last season. Now fully fit after another long rehabilitation, including a spell in the USA with a fitness specialist, versatile Gosling is willing to play anywhere to get into Alan Pardew’s side.
Gosling – who played a full part in Newcastle’s pre-season campaign – turned out across the midfield for Everton, and also appeared out at full-back.
“I’m here to help the team in whatever position I can,” Gosling said.
“Everyone knows my preferred position is in the middle of the park.
“But people have to play out of position sometimes, and that’s what I’ve done when asked.
“You need that in a team – if it helps, then great.”
Gosling is champing at the bit after spending so many hours working away from his team-mates in the gym last season.
The Devon-born player’s knee has stood up to the rigours of a punishing pre-season, and he’s looking forward to showing United’s fans what he’s all about over the coming campaign.
“Last season was gym work all the time,” said Gosling. “Then I came back (against Sunderland), and went under the knife again before more gym work.
“I was doing the same rehab. Hopefully, my knee’s OK.
“I’ve worked hard through the summer on it, and really strengthened it up.
“I’ll keep doing that all through the season, and hopefully the football will come with that as well.”