SAMMY Ameobi has admitted he has to prove he’s good enough to be a Newcastle United player – or he’ll have to leave the club.
The winger only has 12 months left on his contract and his future remains in doubt after failing to establish himself in the Magpies’ first team.
Ameobi, who turned 22, suffered a string of injuries last season which meant he was unable to get a run of games in the side.
And he says he will come back to pre-season determined to stay fit and prove his worth.
“Next season’s the big one for me – it’s my opportunity,” he said.
“I’ve got one year left on my contract and I’ve got to prove I’m good enough to be a Newcastle player so I’m going to be working very hard over the summer to hopefully start fast next season.”
Ameobi started four games in a row in January and February before picking up a knee injury, and didn’t play again until a late substitute appearance in the last game of the season at Liverpool.
“I have to get back to that place,” he added in an interview with the club’s official website. “I was fit and I was enjoying playing at that time.
“It was just a shame about the injury. Hopefully working over the summer will help to prevent injury and I’ll be able to show what I can do.
“I’m not a kid anymore – I’m a grown man – so I fully expect that I’ll be treated that way.
“I’m going to put in the effort and if I’m not good enough, I’ll have to move on.
“But I believe I have the opportunity to play here so I aim to take it.”