Kuqi can't believe his luck

Magpies new boy determined to repay Pardew's faith

Kuqi: Shock opportunity

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Shefki Kuqi admits he is 'one of the happiest footballers in the world' after being snapped up by Newcastle.

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The 34-year-old found himself without a club in January after being released by Swansea.

With offers thin on the ground, the much-travelled striker wondered where his next move would take him.

He was, however, handed a shock when Alan Pardew offered him a short-term deal at St James' Park.

With Newcastle short on attacking options, following the sale of Andy Carroll and an injury to Shola Ameobi, the Magpies were happy to bring a proven forward on board.

Kuqi admits he cannot quite believe his luck, but has vowed to do all he can to repay Pardew's faith and prove that he is still capable of cutting it at Premier League level.

Rumours

"I'm probably one of the happiest footballers in the world," said the former Fulham and Blackburn forward.

"When I was released by Swansea, I didn't know what was going to happen.

"I hadn't contemplated giving up playing. There were a few rumours.

"My agent said there might be an opportunity to come to Newcastle, but it was hard to believe.

"I'll put my heart and soul into every game."