Andros Townsend feels he has a “lot to prove” at Newcastle United after spending months in the reserves at Tottenham Hotspur.
The winger yesterday completed his £12million move to the club.
And the 24-year-old could make his debut away to Everton on February 3.
Townsend had spent the last months of his Tottenham career playing Under-21 Premier League football after a fall-out with a fitness coach at the London club earlier in the season.
The England international – who hopes his move to Newcastle can help him secure a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 – is now determined to make up for lost time on Tyneside.
United head coach Steve McClaren said: “Bringing Andros to the club is a great signing.
“He is a very good talent – who is a current England international – and should be one for years to come, too.
“Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.
“He feels he has a lot to prove, and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.”
Townsend – who will wear the No 25 jersey – has signed a five-and-a-half year deal.
“I’m delighted to be here,” said Townsend. “Newcastle United is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition.
“As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go so I can’t wait to get started.”
Townsend added on Twitter: “Excited for my new adventure at NUFC. Can’t wait to step out on the field at St James’ Park for the first time.”