Europe has to be the aim, says Toon ace

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Newcastle stalwart Shola Ameobi says the Toon will be looking to improve on their 12th place finish last season, and is drawing on past experience to push the side to challenge for European football.

“We know we can get the big results – especially at home,” Ameobi. said, with the one-club man looking set to stay on Tyneside next season.

“We showed that last season with our result against some of the teams who have been right up there at the top end. It is another for me but a very important one for the football club.

“We achieved what we set out to do last season and we done it with time to spare in the end. That was great for us, but the aims for next season will be different again and we will look to kick on.

“Home form will be important for us and that’s one thing all of the lads want to improve on,” added Ameobi who is hopeful that he can maintain his place on the side he has been a member of since 2000.

“For me, it is always a great challenge being here,” the striker said. “I will be looking to stay fit and to play in as many games as I can. You always want to contribute in that way, but I will be looking to add to the goals I already have here.”

The 29-year-old says he will be drawing on past successes with Newcastle, as the club aim to get back into European football once more. “I have played in the Champions League which was great, and you always want to get back,” Ameobi said.

“Perhaps when I was younger I took it for granted and it would be every year. You have to work for it and thrive on it, otherwise why are we here?”

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