Ayoze Perez reflects on life at Newcastle ahead of his 100th league appearance for United

Ayoze Perez.
Ayoze Perez.

Ayoze Perez says he feels indebted to Newcastle United ahead of potentially his 100th league game for the club.

Speaking to NUFC TV, the Spaniard says his three years at St James's Park has gone by in a flash.

And he is proud to be on the verge of become a centurion, should he appear in Saturday's Championship clash with Wigan Athletic.

"It is unbelievable," he said of the potential landmark.

"This is my third season already. The time has gone really quick.

"Now if I play on Saturday I can say I have made 100 appearances for this big club.

"This is something really big for me."

Perez joined from Tenerife in the summer of 2014, signed mainly as a second string player.

But his performances for the reserves, and in training meant he was quickly accelerated to the first-team pool.

His debut came in the 2-0 home loss to Manchester City in 2014 as an 83rd minute replacement for Emmanuel Riviere.

Perez says during his time on Tyneside he has grown, not only on the pitch, but off it, too.

"I have grown as a person, as a player as well," he said.

"Everything is positive. I just want to say thanks to Newcastle because they have given me everything."