Romain Amalfitano has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site, and he officially becomes a Newcastle player on July 1st, when his three year contract at Newcastle United will start, and his two year Reims contract ends on June 30th.
Romain Amalfitano – looking forward to packed St. James’ Park
And from what we’ve seen of this lad, he could become another excellent Graham Carr discovery, and Romain will get his first real taste of Newcastle when training starts a week on Thursday, at the Benton training ground.
The 22 year-old is looking forward to playing at St. James’ Park in front of a packed house of 52,300, and that’s hardly surprising since he’s never played in front of big crowds in his career – so far.
This is what Amalfitano had to say yesterday:
“Towards the end of last season at Reims the stadium was completely full, but on average we normally got crowds of about 11,000,” “Playing in front of 52,000 fans here at Newcastle would be incredible – anybody would love that!”
“One of the reasons I came to England was to receive that level of support and I cannot wait to experience it.” “I know that Newcastle has been and is a great club.” ““They had a really great season here last year, qualifying for the Europa League.”
“And I’ve heard that the people here are great people who love their football.” “I hope the stadium is full every game next season and we can have a really good year with the crowd behind us.”
Romain came in as a free agent from Reims, but not after he helped the northern French club get promoted to the French League One next season.
Newcastle will need to give the youngster, who turns 23 in late August, enough time to settle in at Newcastle, but he will have a a good first season depending, to a large extent, on how many first team appearances he can rack up.
Newcastle should be playing at least 12 more games next season, given that we can have a decent run in the Europa League, so there will be plenty of games for Alan Pardew to give some of the young fringe players a run-out next term.
But Amalfitano is the only new signing so far this summer, and we are waiting to hear of any new developments on Newcastle’s pursuit of Mathieu Debuchy and Luuk de Jong, both of which would be terrific signings for Newcastle.