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Fit-again Ferguson ready to fire

By Football News



Newcastle winger Shane Ferguson is hoping to force himself into Alan Pardew's team on a permanent basis.

The Northern Irishman missed the entire pre-season after an injury-hit build-up to the new Premier League campaign but has since made four top-flight appearances.

And he is hoping to continue that run by catching up to his team-mates' fitness levels.

"I was injured at the start of pre-season, and it's hard to get back," Ferguson told the Shields Gazette.

"Pre-season's a bad time to get injured - you have to catch up with everyone. Thankfully, I'm getting fitter and stronger.

"I'm in the gym every day doing stuff with the fitness coaches. I just have to keep working hard now.

"That's what the manager wants me to do - stay fit and keep working hard in the gym.

"I'm doing all the extra stuff, and I've just got to make an impact whenever I get the chance."

The Derry-born attacker has notched three assists in all competitions so far and says he is keen to carry on repaying manager Pardew's confidence in him.

"The manager's got a lot of faith in me, and I appreciate that loads," Ferguson said.

"It's great he plays a lot of youngsters - he's got a lot of faith in the young lads.

"All the lads can show what they can do (in the Europa League), and it's great to see."