James Tavernier fired up for Newcastle United future

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JAMES Tavernier insists he wants to stay at Newcastle United and break into Alan Pardew’s first team.

The young defender was one of only a handful of reserve players who were spared the axe when the Magpies revealed their released list last week.

Tavernier (pictured) was instead offered a new contract, having impressed sufficiently during his loan spells at MK Dons, Carlisle and Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday are interested in signing the player on a permanent deal, but, having been called into Newcastle’s first-team squad at the end of last season, Tavernier insists he wants to remain on Tyneside and push for a first-team place.

“I want to stay at Newcastle,” he said. “At the moment, it’s between the club, myself and my agent, but I want to be here.

“My main aim is to have a really good pre-season and make sure the manager knows that I’m playing well, and hopefully I can keep in his thinking for next season.

“Obviously there’s going to be more games next season with the Europa League, and hopefully that means more chances for all of us in the squad.”

Tavernier was recalled early from his loan spell at MK Dons as injuries started to hit Pardew’s squad at the end of last season.

The right-back could find his opportunities boosted if Danny Simpson refuses to sign a new contract.

Meanwhile, striker Peter Lovenkrands, one of the players not offered a new deal by Newcastle, is keen to stay in the Premier League.

The Danish frontman found his opportunities limited last season, and his season was finished in March when he picked up a thigh injury.

“The goal is to play in the Premier League next season, too,” Lovenkrands told a Danish newspaper.

“There have already been some enquiries, therefore I am hopeful for the future.”