Tamas Kadar

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Captain-for-the-night Tamas Kadar believes he is ready to challenge for a first-team berth once more after another solid showing against Liverpool Reserves.

The Hungarian defender was hampered by injury last season, before suffering another setback in pre-season, and that has seen him fall down the pecking order at St. James' Park.

However, during the Championship season of 2009/10, he proved his worth at centre-back and left-back and, having apparently put his fitness problems behind him, he is hoping to force his way into Alan Pardew's thinking.

He was made skipper by Willie Donachie in his first match as Reserve Team Manager as Newcastle won 3-2 at Whitley Park on Tuesday night.

Kadar, 21, has now played in five of the last six Reserve games and he told nufc.co.uk: "I was happy to be the captain but the main thing is, I'm happy to play.

"I feel like I'm doing a great programme. This was the fifth or sixth game I've played in the last few weeks, so I'm happy with the results and I'm happy because I'm playing.

"I'd been out for a long time - since January - until I did the pre-season, and then I got an injury again. But now I feel like I'm 100 per cent and I'll try to push back into the first-team.

"I know it's going to take a long time and it's going to be hard to get into the backline but I think I'm in a good way and if I can play every week - week in, week out - that's the best I can do.

"I'm playing for the Reserves as a centre-back and that's my best position, and as long as I'm fit, I'm happy.

"I'm working very hard on the training ground, whether I'm training with the first-team or whether I'm with the Reserves."