Shefki Kuqi’s chance to finish off with goal on Newcastle United farewell

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SHEFKI Kuqi will be given a chance to sign off with a goal when Newcastle wrap up their season against West Brom on Sunday.

The veteran striker has made six substitute appearances since joining as a free agent in February.

Kuqi was signed in the wake of Andy Carroll’s move to Liverpool. with manager Alan Pardew needing striking cover.

And his contract is not expected to be extended to next season.

As yet, the 34-year-old – who had left Swansea City earlier in the season – hasn’t had a clear-cut opportunity to open his Newcastle account.

While Kuqi’s time on the pitch has been limited, he hasn’t complained.

“I have to give Shefki a special mention simply because of his character,” said boss Alan Pardew.

“He came here after Andy Carroll had gone as back-up. He’s been a big help for us. I’d like to give him a run out if I can.

“It’s been a dream for him to play for Newcastle at this stage of his career. I don’t think we could have got a player more appreciative of playing for Newcastle United. I want to get him on if I can for 10 minutes against West Brom.”

Meanwhile, Steven Taylor is pleased to see the Magpies’ youngsters get their chance in the first team. “It was good to see the young lads come on and get their chance, especially at Stamford Bridge against world-class players,” Taylor said.

“It can only help them. I’ve been there when I was young. Getting that experience so early in their careers will stand them in good stead.”

Taylor, 25, added: “We can finish the season on a high in front of our own fans against West Brom.”