Newcastle new boy Georginio Wijnaldum says he is 'waiting' for his first appearance for the Magpies at St. James' Park, while he has thanked Toon fans for giving him such a warm welcome since his arrival in England.
This summer saw the 24-year-old complete a switch from Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven for a fee of £14.5m according to the Daily Mail, becoming the first signing of the Steve McClaren era.
The Dutchman has been inundated with positive messages on Twitter and by the club's fans who have turned out to support the team in the United States.
Wijnaldum told the Newcastle Chronicle: “It’s something I like. The fans are really true fans here – they love the club."
“People have already told me that Newcastle is a club that have fantastic fans and we will see it when we play home games at St James’ Park. I am waiting for that.”
After making his debut for the Magpies in the club's 1-0 win over Sacramento Republic on Saturday night in California, Wijnaldum is understandably excited to make his maiden Premier League appearance at St. James' Park.
Considering he scored 14 goals and assisted three more last term, there is a real sense of intrigue surrounding the new signing among Newcastle fans.
The St. James' Park faithful - who are notorious for their high standards - are understandably keen to see the Dutch midfielder in competitive action.
He will receive his first opportunity to impress on the opening day of the season, versus Ronald Koeman's Southampton in a game which will certainly have Dutch to feel to it.