Ireland ready to go
Stephen Ireland has vowed not to let anybody down as he prepares to make his debut for Newcastle this weekend.
Midfielder Ireland has shaken off the knee injury he arrived with at St James' Park after joining the Magpies on loan until the end of the season from Aston Villa a month ago. With Joey Barton struggling with a thigh injury and Ryan Taylor suspended, Ireland could make his United bow at home to Everton on Saturday.
If so, the 24-year-old is determined to prove his worth to manager Alan Pardew and his team-mates, telling the Shields Gazette: "I'm really ready to go, give it my best shot and have a good go at getting the team high up the table."
He added: "The manager's worked hard to get me, and I'm definitely going to repay him for his efforts in getting me here. I don't want to let him or my team-mates down if I get my chance. First and foremost, I want to work hard for my team-mates."
Ireland has so far been bowled over by the reception he has been given by the fans, which has quickly helped him settle.
"I always thought it was a brilliant place to come, and that the fans were appreciative of the players," added Ireland.
"That's what I need as a person and as a player, to invigorate the fans. You get back what you give, and vice versa.
"I've had a walk around the city, and the people here are so nice and polite. They come up and shake your hand, and say 'all the best here'. It is nice, and I've got a good feeling for the place. I've felt settled really fast. For me, it's all been positive so far."