Goalkeeper Tim Krul is keeping quiet over his future, insisting impressing for Newcastle is his top priority.
The Netherlands Under-21 international, who began his senior career with the Magpies in 2006, made his Premier League debut in September after No.1 keeper Steve Harper damaged ligaments in his left shoulder.
The 23-year-old went on to start 17 consecutive games for Newcastle, but was dropped from the side by manager Alan Pardew as soon as Harper was back to fitness in December.
The Dutch keeper was granted a return to Pardew's line-up last week after Harper picked up a knee injury, featuring in the goalless stalemate against Manchester United and Saturday's draw at Blackpool.
The return of Fraser Forster from his loan stint at Celtic in the summer could mean Krul going out on loan next season if he fails to displace 36-year-old Harper between the sticks, but the keeper insists he wants to fight for the No.1 spot on Tyneside.
"At the moment I'm not looking at the summer, I'm looking at the near-future and nights like Manchester United are really important," Krul told Journal Live.
"That shows I'm there. I'm here to be number one. I've been here now for six years working hard."
Krul says Harper, who famously served as deputy to Shay Given for several years, has helped him keep his frustration at bay.
He added: "Harps has been really important because he's told me how difficult it is to be patient.
"He said, 'I'm 36, your chance will come.' I've been working hard and he's been there for me every day with (goalkeeping coach) Andy Woodman."
Krul feels being dropped by Pardew earlier in the season will benefit him in the long run, and is determined to take any opportunities that come his way.
"I need to take my chances," he said. "In the first half of the season I thought I did really well but of course the gaffer dropped me.
"I think that made me really strong. Opportunities don't come very often, so when they do you have to take them. I hope I've done enough."