SYLVAIN Marveaux admits he was ready to move on if he had not broken into the Newcastle first team.
The former Rennes winger found his path into the first XI blocked earlier in a season which had finally seen him fully fit and ready to take on English football.
He was contemplating a loan exit in January due to a lack of opportunities.
Having broken into the team in mid-November, Marveaux is ready to make the most of a run in the side – starting today at Norwich.
He said: “I was never thinking it was the wrong move because I have always felt good at this club.
“I like the place but there was a time when I was thinking about moving on to find a solution for me to play because I was feeling good and fit but I was not being picked.
“I was probably thinking more about going out on loan than leaving Newcastle – just to get games, you know.
“It never reached the stage where I had to ask the manager if I could go because by the time I thought that I was needed, I started playing regularly.
“So I did not have to do it. From a personal view, it is much better for me now.”
He added: “For weeks, I knew I was close to getting in the team but now I am there, I just want to play regularly and be good on the pitch. If I am no good, then I won’t play and that is OK, but I just wanted to get my chance.
“I feel I deserved it and now I feel I deserve to be in the team and stay there.
“Now I have my chance, I have to carry on being good or else someone else will play instead of me.”
A self-confessed “quiet man”, Marveaux is now ready to turn up the volume and make himself a big noise at Newcastle.
He said: “I now understand what is required to play regularly in the Premier League.
“I have spoken to the manager many times about it.
“Even now he is saying the same thing – what it takes to do well here.
“The Premier League is different because of the incredible work-rate. It is so much faster.
“Now he can see the big improvement in my game in terms of work-rate. It is not just about in possession but out of possession too.
“You have to be playing to improve and learn more and that is something I now have.”