SPRING is around the corner, Newcastle United are still in Europe and, on the eve of his 26th birthday, Hatem Ben Arfa is wearing the type of smile that indicates he is ready to rejoin their European party.Read
FORMER Hartlepool United terrace favourite Paul Stephenson has insisted his old club can get out of the mire in League One this season – despite their Victoria Park fans already experiencing that sinking feeling.Read
ALAN Pardew is ready to give his Newcastle United young guns their chance on the big stage this season – a decision that will disappoint a clutch of Championship clubs eyeing up the likes of Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid.Read
DAN Gosling checked out of Newcastle United’s tour of Germany and Austria having made a strong case to Alan Pardew that he is ready to challenge team-mates Cheick Tioté and Yohan Cabaye for a place in the Magpies’ engine room next season.Read
Lee Ryder is the Evening Chronicle's chief sports writer and has followed the Magpies over three decades as a reporter and fan. The North Shields native has followed the black and whites around the world from Scunthorpe to Palermo and beyond. Lee also reports on not only the United first team but covers both reserve team and Academy movement.
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