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.