SAMMY Ameobi’s looking to fire his way to a new contract at Newcastle United – after helping the club get off the mark in 2015.
Ameobi scored a stunning goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Hull City.
The 22-year-old, looking to earn a new contract at his boyhood club, beat Allan McGregor from 30 yards with a swerving effort.
Ameobi’s 50th-minute strike put Newcastle – who led through Remy Cabella’s first-half goal – firmly in control at a wintry KC Stadium.
“I just hit it and hoped for the best,” Ameobi told the Gazette. “That was it, to be honest. I’m happy with it, and hopefully I can get some more this season.”
Ameobi – who netted at Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the campaign – is out of contract in the summer and is focused on earning a new deal.
“I’m just happy to be playing,” he added. “What comes will come, at the end of the day. I’m just taking it game by game. Hopefully, I can stay in the team and rewards will come from that.”
Asked about Ameobi’s contract, head coach Carver added: “If he plays like that and scores goals like that, there won’t be an issue.
“But as I explained, I’m not involved in anybody’s contracts.”
United had been without a win this year, and fears were voiced on Tyneside that the could be sucked in a relegation battle, something Hull manager Steve Bruce touched on in his programme notes when he talked about a “fragile” Newcastle.
But the victory stretched the gap between United and third-from-bottom Hull to 11 points.
“Both teams were under pressure coming into the game,” said Ameobi. “We did need the three points. It wasn’t going to be easy.
“But we knew that if we put in as much effort as they did, with the squad that we’ve got, then there was no reason why we couldn’t come away with the three points.
“It’s a bit more comfortable, but obviously you never what can happen in the Premier League.
“We don’t take that for granted – we just want to get a run going.”
The appointment of Carver, previously Alan Pardew’s No2, as head coach for the rest of the season was well-received in the dressing room, with the decision having ended weeks of speculation and uncertainty.
“We’re fully committed to him, and him to us as well, so hopefully in the coming weeks we can start getting some good results.
“Now we know he’s the manager, we’re fully committed and can get going in the same direction.
“Obviously JC (Carver) has been around for hundreds of years at Newcastle! Everyone is very aware of him. Everyone knows him.”
Asked if Carver had changed since becoming head coach, Ameobi added: “Yeah, he’s got the power!
“He has already stamped his authority down on the players. That’s what you want from a manager. You want a manager who you can respect. That’s what he’s done.”