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Want-away Simpson will continue to give Newcastle his all

Newcastle United fullback Danny Simpson is determined to give his all in the remaining months of his St James' Park career.

The defender is off contract in June and saw a move to Wigan Athletic on deadline day last month fall through.

Simpson said: "It's been a tough few months but I've got a good relationship with the manager who knows my situation with the club.

"I'm the type of player who trains hard no matter what's going on. I think the manager might have seen that and maybe that's why he gave me the nod in Kharkiv. It was good to repay him by playing my part in getting a win.

"We've brought in players the club needed and they've settled in really well, they're quality players. Hopefully I've staked a claim a little bit or at least given him something to think about. It's massively important for me.

"I've got through a tough game so if I can keep training hard, hopefully the manager will pick me.

"I'm a professional footballer and I'm a Newcastle player now. There's three months to go and all I can do is train hard every day.

"I said to the manager whatever happens - injuries, suspension or whatever - he can rely on me if he does need me. That's all I can do, concentrate on training, and if I do get picked for the Europa League I've got to perform. Once the manager picks me and I'm on the pitch it's up to me to show what I can do. We'll just have to see in the summer what happens."

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