Newcastle fullback Ferguson grateful to Pardew for backing
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."