Newcastle Utd’s Campbell willing to go on loan again

WANTED ... Newcastle's Adam Campbell.
WANTED ... Newcastle's Adam Campbell.
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ADAM Campbell’s willing to leave Newcastle United on loan - if Alan Pardew feels it’s in his best interests.

The pacy striker is wanted by Scottish Premier League club St Mirren.

And United manager Pardew is prepared to loan Campbell out once the club brings in striking reinforcements.

Campbell scored both goals in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Gateshead on Friday night, and for the moment he’s just focused on impressing in the club’s last two pre-season games against Rangers and Braga.

Asked about the possibility of a loan move, Campbell said: “I don’t know - I’m just the same as any other player.

“I’m just concentrating on my football, and I’m not really worried about loans.

“I will just look to do my best for Newcastle United. If I can stay here, I will. If the gaffer thinks I should move on, I will move on.”

It is Campbell’s first pre-season with Newcastle’s first team, and he’s enjoying the experience, having featured in all five of the club’s senior friendlies.

“It’s been really good,” said the North Shields-born player. “I made sure I stayed fit over the summer so I returned in the best shape possible.

“The running we did in Portugal was exactly what the lads needed. It’s been a great experience.

“It’s been my first summer with the first team, and it’s been nice to see how it all works.”

While Campbell’s first preference is to stay at St James’s Park and challenge for a place, he will be guided by Pardew.

“It is going to be a massive season for me, no matter where I end up,” added Campbell. “If I can stay here, I’d love that.

“I’d love to fight for my place if I can, but if the gaffer thinks it’s right that I move on, that’s what I will do. Hopefully, I can stay here and push for the first team here.

“There aren’t as many strikers in as we have in the past, so there’s a chance for me and Haris Vuckic to really push on.

“I will turn up in training and do the best I can.”

Campbell is feeling the benefit of his 90-minute outings for the reserves against Kilmarnock and Gateshead.

“I’m just happy to be back playing because it’s so long since I’ve had back to back 90 minutes in a week,” he said.

“I obviously hadn’t scored for a while, so it was good to achieve that personally.

“It was tough at Gateshead. When you get used to playing Premier League reserve teams you get into the way they play, but when you can come down to the lower leagues to play teams it is a whole different game of football.

“The first half seemed to take a while to get used to it and get into the physical side of the game.

“The second half we showed why we are at Newcastle.”

Campbell’s first-half goal against Gateshead was a tap-in, and he had a bit of work to do create space for the second after being played in by Haris Vuckic.

“The first one was the type of goal I love - you can’t really miss those tap ins,” said Campbell.

“If I can get as many as them as I can, I’ll be very happy.

“The second goal was courtesy of a great pass from Haris. I didn’t know whether to go on to me left or right foo,t and there were bodies flying everywhere, but it sat up perfectly and I managed to tuck it in the bottom corner.

Campbell made five appearances last season after breaking into Pardew’s first-team squad. Reflecting on the campaign, he said: “It was a great experience.

“It was good to have the crowd we had at Gateshead, so if you can imagine what it’s like playing in front of 50,000, or being with the team in Russia in Europe and Benfica, it’s a ridiculously good feeling.

“You can’t help but want more and more. So I really hope to stick around and get more of it.”