"I'm delighted, it was a bit rushed getting in for the 5 o'clock deadline, I'm delighted to be here and I can't wait for Saturday, that's what you want to do, you want to play football and I'm really looking forward to the game," he told Sky Sports News.
"I've seen Woody (Jonathan Woodgate) this morning, he's not changed a bit, aged a bit, it's always nice to know someone in the changing room, but all the lads have made me feel really welcome and it's nice to be back out training, nice to be back in the North East as well.
"The North East is a hot-bed of football, really passionate fans and hopefully the fans will be impressed with me. I want them to judge me on my performances not what I've done in the past but what I do for this football club. I'm raring to get going and play well."
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