Sol Campbell is relishing the challenge of trying to help lift Newcastle back up to their former heights after joining the Magpies on a one-year contract.
Sunderland and Celtic were also interested but it was the chance to be part of Newcastle's return to the top flight that proved the greatest lure for Campbell.
“At this stage of my career I couldn't have wished for a better move,” he said.
“To join a club such as Newcastle United, with its proud tradition, heritage and magnificent support, is absolutely tremendous for me. I'd like to thank Chris Hughton for putting his faith in me and aim to repay him and the supporters by giving everything I possibly can to help re-establish this great club in the top tier of English football.
I just want to play and can't wait to get started. There's a real buzz about the place and that's great. I've played at St James' Park numerous times and always found it a fantastic place to play.
“There's always a tremendous atmosphere.”