Life still left in faithful Newcastle servant Shola Ameobi

GEORDIE BOY: Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi
GEORDIE BOY: Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi

SHOLA Ameobi is determined to prove there is life in his Newcastle United career yet.

Ameobi has just a year left on his contract at St James’s Park and the long-serving striker has been linked with a summer move away from the club.

But the 31-year-old – who started Saturday’s goalless draw against West Ham United – says he would only leave if he was told he would not be playing regular first-team football.

Asked about his future, Ameobi said: “We’ll see what happens.

“Like I’ve always said it’s important for me, at this stage in my career, to play.

“If Newcastle don’t feel I’m up to that, I’ll move on. We’ll just see what happens.

Newcastle are looking to sign another forward before the transfer window closes.

But United manager Alan Pardew said in pre-season that Ameobi – who netted four goals in the club’s warm-up games – remained part of his plans.

He followed up that statement by starting him up front alongside Papiss Demba Cisse against West Ham.

“I’m delighted,” Ameobi said. “You work all season to put yourself in the best shape and you want to play. Hopefully, I can build on that.

“It would have been great to win, but we’ve got another chance against Fulham.”

West Ham had the better chances at St James’s Park, with Newcastle failing to register a single shot on target.

“It was a typical Sam Allardyce side,” said Ameobi. “They came here to frustrate.

“Their objective was not to lose – you could see that. They were solid at the back. They kept their shape very well, and it was difficult for us to break them down.”

Ameobi and his team-mates face Morecambe at the Globe Arena in the second round of the Capital One Cup tomorrow night.

The competition hasn’t been kind to United during Ameobi’s long first-team career.

But he says the club can draw inspiration from Wigan Athletic and Swansea City, who won domestic cups last season.

“Something we haven’t done in a long time is win a domestic trophy,” he said.

“As players, we understand with the spending power that teams have, the Premier League is a long shot for us.

“It’s important we focus on these competitions – look at Wigan and Swansea. We can draw a lot from that.

“I know how much it would mean to this city. It’s something that we’ve craved for a long time, a trophy.

“It’s important that we give it a good effort.

“The cup gives teams that aren’t in the big league to play against bigger teams. They’ll give everything they’ve got.

“If you’re not right and ready, that’s when you come undone.

“We understand that. It’s important that we stay positive.”