Jonjo Shelvey: I drove all night to sign for Newcastle!

Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey

New signing Jonjo Shelvey has revealed he drove all night to sign for Newcastle United.

The midfielder has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at St James's Park.

Shelvey set off for Tyneside last night after Swansea City accepted a £12million bid for the England international, who had become unsettled at the Liberty Stadium.

"I'm very excited to be here," said the 23-year-old. "I'm so glad that it's finally done.

"I drove up through the night to be here, so it's been a manic 24 hours, but it's all been worth it to come here and play for this great club."

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren said: "I'm delighted to welcome Jonjo to Newcastle United.

"He has great experience for a young English central midfielder, and is a current England international, so I'm certain he will be a great addition to the squad.

"He is a player we have admired for some time and we're very pleased that we've now been able to bring him here."