The 30-year old striker, who has been at the club his entire career apart from a loan spell with Stoke City in 2008, is still keen to work hard for games despite the Magpies having Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse whilst being heavily linked with a return for Andy Carroll.
"I'm sure (Pardew) is trying to bring more players in to get the competition for places and I'm sure that'll make the team stronger," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
"But I've said to the manager I want to fight for my place again. He knows that. He expects me to do that."