New Signing Looks Forward To Meeting Famous Newcastle Fans


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.

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14 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Flamini, anyone? Free agent now.
    P.s Amalfitano will be good,hope we can get his brother too 🙂

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    hey there are yo guys?

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    P.s quiet morning this morning is ;D

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Flamini is on big wages mate!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    This lad is in for a surprise. another packed season at SJP he’ll soon find out what ‘Full House’ means.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m hoping we get De Jong in to give us 3 main strikers plus Shola and possibly Ranger. But i still think one more would be needed, would Rodallega be worth signing? Bit lazy at times, but Pards could probably sort that plus he is can play up front on his own, in a 442 or 433 and has a bit of pace.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    geordie157 – Rodallega. Not only lazy but on the wrong side of 25 for the profile NUFC are after, which almost certainly means he has little time to keep that pace. He’s cost more than he was worth and probably would want wages beyond his scale.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    I feel a bit sorry for Amalfitano as all us NUFC fans haven’t really batted an eyelid at his sale and are waiting for bigger signing like Luuk de Jong and Mathieu Debuchy but for all we know Romain could be our best player next year. I don’t think he’ll start though but he’ll definitely get Europa League games and will be great cover for CAM & RW. Still hopeful we can get deal wrapped up for de Jong, Debuchy & Anita in July then ofcourse a CB and maybe a player like Hoilett as well. HWTL!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    I would rather we went a U21 striker on low wages with something to prove 🙂

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  • BoomBoom

    Jun 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Ba, cisse, de Jong and shola sounds brilliant. One other young kid mught be nice, one for the future. One thing I’m really looking forward to is marveaux being fit. Thinking we could play santon at right back and guiti at left back. Plays there for Argentina after all.

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  • Haristotle

    Jun 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    on a youtube video of romain, some man u fan commented saying that he’s seen him play live and we should be very excited. not the finished article but moves like zidane and passes like xavi…

    i think this time next year he’l be seen as one of our most valuable players, he seems to have all the right attributes to play football properly and well !

    f flamini. in theory yes, but in reality he wouldnt give more than 70% for us

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #12

    SupaToonKid
    I think most of us just suspend our judgment because we haven’t seen enough of him. Also even Pardew said we shouldn’t expect him having same impact as Cisse and others right away. He will get his praise if he prove himself on a higher level.

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  • Premiership Manager

    Jun 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13
  • Kyo

    Jun 24, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #14

    I just hope we sign Debuchy. Make it happen Ashley!

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