REMY HOOPS

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

LOIC REMY has begged the Toon Army to for­give him for his New­cas­tle snub.

The French­man be­came Alan Pardew’s first sum­mer sign­ing – six months af­ter a last-minute U-turn to join QPR on dou­ble the wages.

He couldn’t stop Harry Red­knapp’s R’s go­ing down and has now signed a sea­son-long loan at St James’ Park

But Remy knows he could be in for a rough ride from dis­grun­tled New­cas­tle sup­port­ers.

He said: “I hope and be­lieve the pub­lic will ac­cept me into the club so I can set­tle quickly.

“I’ve learned a lot from my first six months in English football.

“We’ll have to see whether it’s been worth the wait in com­ing here, but I can as­sure fans I’ll give my all.”

The 26-year-old, who scored six goals in 14 games for QPR last term, added: “I’m very happy to be a New­cas­tle player. It will be a huge hon­our to play for such a big club.

“I was very flat­tered by the club’s in­ter­est in me back in Jan­uary and also very happy that they showed in­ter­est in me again this sum­mer.”

Remy re­vealed that it was his in­ter­na­tional am­bi­tions prompted him to make the switch.

“The Pre­mier League is the best league in the world and that’s where I want to play,” he said.

“I’m very mo­ti­vated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my coun­try.

“I know in or­der to do that I need to have a big sea­son and a suc­cess­ful sea­son with New­cas­tle United.

In­cen­tive

“I’m fo­cused on help­ing the team to achieve suc­cess and scor­ing as many goals as I can.”

Mag­pies boss Pardew hailed di­rec­tor of football Joe Kin­n­ear for land­ing the player who evaded them ear­lier in the year.

He said: “Loic is a great player and I’m

SHAKE ON IT: Remy linked up with Harry Red­knapp at Lof­tus Road af­ter snub­bing Toon in Jan­uary

PA­TIENCE: Alan Pardew has fi­nally got his man

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