Dan Gosling is ready to kick-start his Newcastle career and put his injury nightmare behind him.
The 20-year midfielder joined the Magpies on a free transfer from Everton last July but only made his first appearance for the club in Sunday's derby with Sunderland.
Gosling has been forced to wait for his debut as he has been recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, which he suffered in a collision with Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann last March.
The former Plymouth youth player replaced Jonas Gutierrez in the closing stages at the Stadium of Light and is eager to finally introduce himself to the Newcastle faithful.
"It's been about nine months now so it's been a long time coming," he told Sky Sports News.
"I feel like I've been at the club for a while but only played five minutes so far.
Near full fitness
"But I'm feeling better in myself, I'm getting close to full fitness now and hopefully there'll be many more minutes on the pitch soon.
"Sometimes it's been difficult and I've had to get a little break now and again from the same old routine.
"But it feels good, it feels nice and strong and I think I'm nearly ready now."
And Gosling will come into contention with the Newcastle side in high spirits after Sunday's 1-1 draw made it seven points from the last nine for Alan Pardew's men.
That left the Magpies ninth in the table, seven points clear of the drop zone and well on course to survive on their return to the Premier League.
"It's the second half of the season now and if it's anything like the first I'm sure we'll be alright," Gosling added.
"We'd be up around the middle of the table, which I think will stand us in good stead for next season."