Buzzing Owen looks forward

16 July 2007 11:34
Michael Owen claims he is excited by the transformation that has happened at Newcastle United this summer. The England striker is now back to full fitness after spending most of the last campaign on the sidelines with knee ligament damage and can't wait for the new season to start following the arrivals of owner Mike Ashley and manager Sam Allardyce. Allardyce has brought four new players to St James' Park - Mark Viduka, Joey Barton, David Rozehnal and Geremi - and Owen is relishing the prospect of playing in a new-look side this season. "We have new owners, a new manager and new players," he told the club's official website. "Usually if you just get one of the three there is a buzz, but we have a treble celebration. "I'm sure the manager will buy more players before the start of the season and things are looking good at the moment." Meanwhile, Owen is hoping he can remain injury-free and repay the Magpies fans with goals after two injury-plagued seasons at St James' Park. "It's never been a goal of mine before to stay fit, but I suppose after these last two years, I want to play a full season," he added. "I don't consider myself injury-prone. I have played a lot of games throughout my career for club and country and it's frustrating that my injuries have happened at Newcastle. "I'm definitely going into this season as strong as I have been for a long, long time and I don't envisage any problems. "If I'm fit, everyone knows I will score goals. I have done that all my life."

Source: ESA