REMIE Streete hopes his injury problems are finally behind him at Newcastle United.
The defender was on target in the Under-21s’ 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Wednesday night.
Senior manager Alan Pardew – who named 19-year-old Streete, from South Shields, in his last matchday squad – was at Whitley Park to watch Peter Beardsley’s side.
Streete, working his way back to full fitness after recovering from a hamstring problem, is just keen to play as much football as he can between now and the end of the campaign.
“It’s about training hard and playing hard,” Streete told the Gazette. “I’ve just got to keep working hard and try to get as many games under games under my belt as I can.
“Hopefully, my chance will come.”
Streete’s run of injuries started two years ago when he ruptured his ankle ligaments playing a reserve game against Sunderland.
And the centre-half is focused on ending the campaign strongly before taking a break ahead of the next pre-season.
“I’m still trying to get back to full fitness,” he said. “I’m still working my way back.
“Hopefully, I’ll finish the season off and get a good pre-season under my belt and start afresh next season.”
Pardew has high hopes for a number of the club’s young players, including Streete, who could be sent out on loan next season to gain first-team experience.
The 52-year-old said: “I’ve got Remie Streete, who is doing particularly well in the development group – is he going to get a game? Does he need to go out on loan?”
Streete scored from close range to give Newcastle’s Under-21s a deserved victory over Man United, coached by Nicky Butt, who played for both clubs.
“I hadn’t been on the scoresheet for a while, so it was good to get on it,” he said.
“We’re doing well and improving. We had a good showing against Liverpool.
“I think we’re getting better. I’m just looking forward to the next game.”