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Newcastle fullback Ferguson grateful to Pardew for backing

Newcastle United fullback Shane Ferguson is grateful to manager Alan Pardew for his support last season.

Pardew never forgot Ferguson while he was battling injury and handed the Ulsterman a late season return.

Ferguson told the Evening Chronicle: "The manager has shown a lot of faith in me.

"That is great to have as a player.

"I came back from injury last season and when I was ready he threw me in.

"When you are at a club like Newcastle where there are so many international players it is always a good feeling."

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