Newcastle United defender Streete’s ahead of game already

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NEWCASTLE United defender Remie Streete is counting down to the days to the start of pre-season training – after working through the summer.

The powerful 19-year-old, from South Shields, has been troubled by a series of injuries over the past two years, but Streete, a candidate for a loan spell away from the Magpies, is hoping for better luck next term.

“I’ll work hard in pre-season, and hopefully that’ll put me in the position to have a good run next season,” said Streete.

“I’ve just got to work hard and start afresh next season.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – who handed Streete his first-team debut last pre-season – is keen for the defender to gain Football League experience away from St James’s Park early in the campaign.

Pardew has high hopes for Streete, who was regularly involved in first-team training last season.

Streete says facing the likes of Loic Remy in sessions didn’t faze him.

“Other people probably think about it more than me – I just see it as another striker,” said Streete.

“I’ve done that since I was young. For me, it’s just another player.”

Slovakian defender Lubomir Satka is also pushing for a place in the first-team squad, having impressed at Under-21 level last season.

Satka, a cultured centre-half, was travelled with Pardew’s side to a number of away games last season.

The 18-year-old made his debut for Slovakia’s Under-21s this summer against England’s “C” team.