Loic Remy

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Loic Remy cannot wait to experience the St. James' Park roar, as he plans to hit the ground running during his season-long loan.

On Tuesday the striker signed up for the entire 2013/14 campaign, joining on a temporary basis from relegated Queens Park Rangers, where he struck six goals in 14 eye-catching performances.

French international Remy is expected to be unveiled to the Tyneside public on Saturday evening before United face Braga in their final pre-season friendly (6pm kick-off).

And, after last season's 16th-place finish, he is determined to fire Newcastle back up the Premier League table.

"I had a look around and was surprised at the size of the stadium, even though I had already heard from a lot of people just how impressive it is," Remy told nufcTV in an exclusive interview.

"Everyone has been very friendly since I arrived and I am looking forward to playing my first match, whenever that will be.

"I haven't quite imagined what that will be like - it's difficult to imagine because there are no people in at the moment! But I can feel that it's a big stadium and I'm looking forward to feeling and experiencing that sort of atmosphere once it's full.

"I only had half a season in the Premier League last year so am looking forward to a full season this time around.

"Hopefully I can show the fans and the Club exactly what I am capable of, both with my goals and my team play.

"I hope to settle in as quickly as possible. I don't see any reason why I shouldn't. I think the quality of the players at the Club is excellent and I hope and believe that the public will accept me into the Club as soon as possible.

"With it being World Cup year it is an important season for me and I want to impress.

"I feel the Premier League is great for me as an attacker. The opportunities for a player of my position are better in England than they are in France."

United were reportedly interested in signing Remy in January before he opted for a switch to QPR instead.

And the front man believes he has gained a great education during his first few months in the Premier League.

"I don't neceesarily know if I'm a better player for it, but I learnt a lot from my first six months in England," he explained.

"I've noticed that in this country in particular, you can lose or win a match in a split second and that makes players play to their full extent until the very end of the game.

"You'll have to wait and see whether it's been worth the wait. But one thing's for sure - I'm a player who will work hard and give my all for the Club in order to make things happen."

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