Newcastle ace Siem de Jong believes he is like a new signing, despite 2014 transfer

Siem de Jong is hoping for a big season at Newcastle.

Newcastle star Siem de Jong has told The Chronicle that he feels like a new signing after an injury-ravaged first season on Tyneside.

The Dutchman, 26, smashed 78 goals in 244 games for Ajax, racking up double figures in four of his seven seasons in the first team with the Amsterdam giants.

Last summer, De Jong left the Eredivisie side for a move to the Premier League, and he was seen as Newcaslte's biggest signing last summer, given his record with Ajax.

However, he mustered just four Premier League appearances last season, as a number of different injuries and ailments - including a collapsed lung - kept him out of action.

Now, De Jong is back to full fitness, and he kicked off his season with a goal against Northampton Town on Tuesday night, sparking hopes of a return to prominence this term.

Speaking to The Chronicle, De Jong says that he feels like a new signing for Newcastle due to his return, and hopes to have a much better campaign this time around.

"I feel like a new signing. Last year was my toughest," said De Jong. "I have been used to playing 50 games a season so it was a really strange year. Now I am back to full fitness I will try to improve and get stronger," he added.

Capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, De Jong could be a valuable attacking weapon for new manager Steve McClaren this season.

Given McClaren's time as Twente manager, he will certainly be familiar with what De Jong can do in front of goal, and it would be little surprise to see him become a key part of the Newcastle side this season - if he can stay fit.

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