Woody ready for Tyne return

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Jonathan Woodgate is looking forward to facing his former club Newcastle at the weekend.

The England defender returns to St James' Park for the first time since he departed for Real Madrid in 2004.

Now with Middlesbrough, on loan from Real, the Teesside stopper says there will be no split loyalties on Saturday.

"I enjoyed my time at Newcastle but I can't say that it will be weird to be playing for Boro against them.

"There are no split loyalties. I am at Middlesbrough and I will do everything I can to help them win every game.

"We are looking for three points from every game and Newcastle are no different."

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder, who missed out on signing Woodgate in the summer, has hailed his impact.

"Jonathan has done incredibly well. Before he signed for Middlesbrough he had played less than 10 full games in two seasons," he said.

"His history of injuries was shocking for him, which is a shame because without doubt, there have been times when he has looked as good as any central defender in the country.

"I am pleased for him that he has managed to play so many games this year because from what I know of him, he is a very likeable lad."

Woodgate himself is yet to decide where his future lies, but he admitted he could still end up back at Madrid.

"I have still got my contract in Madrid but we will wait and see what happens," he said.

"I am a player there at the end of the day, I have got a year there and I am on loan at Middlesbrough and I am really happy here.

"I will take all the options into account and see what happens. But the main thing is I am extremely happy at Middlesbrough.

"I wake up every morning looking forward to getting to training and sometimes you do not want to go home because you enjoy it that much.

"The football on the training pitch is brilliant. I am really enjoying it."