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Nottingham Forest signing Shelvey pens special Newcastle farewell

Former Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey has sent an emotional farewell to the club after signing for Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder had slowly fallen out of favor with manager Eddie Howe this season.

Shelvey was no longer first choice, which led to him choosing to sign for Forest.

He told the club's website: "I never thought I'd find myself typing this out, but my time at Newcastle has come to an end. I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every one of you fans that has welcomed me and my family to the city, and to this amazing football club.

"I had been at Newcastle for seven years and it's been the most amazing time I've had in football so far. I will miss the atmosphere so much.

"I had to take this opportunity for myself. I've made so many friends for life on and off the pitch while I was in your great city. Two of my children were born in Newcastle so the Geordies will remain part of our lives forever.

"We have loved every single minute of being at that great club. I have to thank the club for allowing me to go and the manager for being a top, top coach but more importantly a top human being.

"I will miss driving into Benton every day and seeing the lads but you should all be so excited under the owners and the manager.

"Newcastle is a great place to go and play football and I've had some up and downs along the way but I honestly can say I've had such a great time.

"I will miss everyone. I will constantly be supporting Newcastle forever. Once again I would just like to say thank you for everything you guys have done for me at the club and around the city.

"Keep supporting the team, guys. Once again thank you and take care."

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