In 2011 Dwight Gayle, then a 20 year-old striker was playing for Stansted FC in the Essex Senior League and the new signing for Newcastle today has told nufcTV he would have laughed if you had told him back then that in a short five years he would be playing for Newcatsle United – one of the iconic football clubs of England.
Dwight Gayle – ecstatic
This is what Gayle told nufcTV in his first interview on Tyneside:
“If you’d have told me that I’d be signing for Newcastle then, I’d probably have laughed and told you were a liar, but to finally be here, on the route I’ve come, is a great achievement,”
“I just want to crack on now, perform, and get the goals to push us back up.”
“I’m ecstatic really. It’s amazing to be at a big club like this and to come from where I’ve come, is just a dream come true. There’s a massive fanbase and a great history here, so it’s amazing to be here.”
“From Stansted I signed for Dagenham and went on loan to Bishop’s Stortford. I had a great season there and I loved it, thoroughly enjoyed my time there.”
“The next season I joined Dagenham and started well there again. I pushed on to Peterborough and had a great time in the Championship, and then went on to Palace, where I’ve been for the last three years.”
“Coming the route I did makes it that bit more special. I appreciate it that bit more. When I go back to see some mates and go back to watch my old teams, you just notice how far you’ve come, and that’s when you really cherish it that bit more.”
“Looking back, there’s been some extremely good forwards here, and the fans do love a good striker.” “If I can follow them and be half as good as some of them, then I’ll be OK.”
“I’m quite good at finishing, I suppose. I’m quite quick, and I’m going to give my all and work hard for the team, and try my best every game.”
“You want to get to the 20 mark, and that’s the first stage you want to get to. You go into each game trying to score, but the main aim for us is just to get promoted – that’s going to be the main idea.”
“It’s a massive club, and I don’t see us not being at the top of the table of there or thereabouts. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can help push the team that way with my goals and my performances.”
We have a feeling that Rafa Benitez can quickly get the best out of Dwight and that the gifted 25 year-old can score a lot of goals for us next season.
Sounds good to us.
We understand the fee was £9M for the former Crystal Palace striker.