Romain Amalfitano

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


United's newest recruit knows he is in for a culture shock when he steps out in front of 52,000 fans next season, but is relishing plying his trade on the biggest stage.

Romain Amalfitano put pen to paper on a deal at Newcastle last month, and will officially become a Magpie at the start of July, when his contract at Reims expires.

For the French midfielder, a packed house at the Sports Direct Arena will be a far from last term, when crowds of just over 10,000 cheered Reims on to the Ligue 2 title.

And with the 2012/13 campaign already building up to be an exciting one - thanks to the return of European football to Tyneside - Amalfitano is keen to play his part and experience the famous and fanatical Geordie support.

"Towards the end of last season at Reims the stadium was completely full, but on average we normally got crowds of about 11,000," he told

"Playing in front of 52,000 fans here at Newcastle would be incredible - anybody would love that!

"One of the reasons I came to England was to receive that level of support and I cannot wait to experience it.

"I know that Newcastle has been and is a great club. They had a really great season here last year, qualifying for the Europa League, and I've heard that the people here are great people who love their football.

"I hope the stadium is full every game next season and we can have a really good year with the crowd behind us."

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