Best to fight for place

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Updated: July 19, 2011

Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best has vowed to stay and fight for his Newcastle place.

The former Nottingham Forest striker, a Chris Hughton signing, has struggled to hold down a regular place in the side with injury and the arrival of new manager Alan Pardew keeping the 24 year old on the sidelines.

Following the arrival of Demba Ba on a free transfer from West Ham, Best was informed that he was surplus to requirements with reports linking the player with a move to Celtic as well as being part of a potential move for Reading’s Shane Long.

Neither of the moves have materialised and Best has shrugged aside talk of a move instead focusing on proving that he is worthy of starting place.

Speaking about his future, Best said “I have been in this position time and time again,” he said.

“I have to look back at last season for confidence. I think people know I can do it in the Premier League now and it’s about fighting for my position.

“There’s a new striker in who I already get on very well with and I would be delighted to play alongside him, or fight him for a place. Competition for places brings the best out of a team – I have always believed that.”

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