PETER Lovenkrands is confident there’s plenty of life yet in his Newcastle United career –despite fiercer competition in prospect at St James’s Park.
The striker – who will be involved in the club’s third pre-season against Orlando City tonight (12.30am BST) – had a long run in Alan Pardew’s team in the second half of last term.
But the 31-year-old, pictured, faces increased competition this season, with Pardew looking to add another striker to his squad having already signed Demba Ba.
Hatem Ben Arfa could also be used as a second striker when he returns to fitness.
However, Lovenkrands – who scored seven goals last season – is ready to bide his time, and take his chance when it comes.
“I just hope to get as much playing time as possible,” Lovenkrands said. “But there are a lot of new faces, so it’s going to be harder to get playing time.
“I’ll just bide my time, and hope to get a chance at some point and a couple of goals, like I did last year.
“I ended the season in really good form, and that’s what I’m trying to build on for next season.
“There are a lot of new players, and they’ll get a lot of playing time at the beginning, and that’s understandable.
“I just want to show in these games that I’m here and ready. Hopefully, I’ll get a lot of playing time, like I did last year.”
Lovenkrands and his team-mates were put through their paces in sweltering temperatures on a training field next to Orlando City’s Florida Citrus Bowl home, a venue in the 1994 World Cup.
“It’s been hard work, and there’s been a lot of travelling, but it’ll hopefully benefit us in the end,” Lovenkrands went on.
“When we come home, we’ll probably find it easier.
“I was in Miami in my first year with Rangers, and the summers in Germany were also hot.”