Stephen Ireland is into his 5th month at Newcastle and he still hasn't kicked a ball. But he says he wants to stay at the club. Stephen Ireland: "This is a good place for me to settle in the next few months, and who knows what could happen in the summertime. "It could turn out to be permanent. We don't know, or it could turn into a loan again. We will see what happens in the next two months. "It has been an absolute nightmare - it feels like I have not kicked a ball for so long. "I have not played competitively for so long and it has been difficult. "When the new manager came in at Villa, I was left out of eight squads in a row - and that hurts. "The lads were going away to hotels and playing games, and I felt really isolated at home."