Newcastle land Jeff Hendrick as Steve Bruce confirms reasons behind signing

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Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Jeff Hendrick on a four-year contract.

And manager Steve Bruce is delighted the former Burnley star has finally arrived at St James' Park.

The Magpies boss said: "Jeff is someone I've admired for a long time. I watched him when he was at Derby, then he went to Burnley for a lot of money and couldn't afford him, so I missed out then!

"He's an experienced international football who can play all across the midfield so we welcome him aboard. He'll be a big asset to us, on and off the pitch.

"He's a great pro, down to earth, and at the age of 28 it's a wonderful time to get somebody.

"It is the peak of his career – he's a really fit boy who has played 122 times in the Premier League for Burnley over the last four years, and I'm sure he'll be a great addition to the squad."

Republic of Ireland international Hendrick, 28, added: "It's a massive club and playing over the years, going to the stadium, it's one of the best stadiums to play in, so I just want to get playing there.

"I've had over 100 games in the Premier League but I want to keep going and keep improving with a different team.

"It's going to be different for me, the demands with the bigger stadium, the crowd, how big the club is, so I've got to take that on and keep pushing myself and striving to get better.

"I'm looking forward to it – I can't wait."

Hendrick opted to end his spell with Burnley this summer as his contract at Turf Moor expired.

The Premier League talent wanted a new challenge and he could force his way straight into Newcastle's starting XI for the new season.

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First up in the Premier League for Newcastle in the 2020/21 campaign is a trip to London as they play West Ham away on the weekend of September 12.

In the meantime, Bruce's men have three friendlies scheduled against Crewe, Barnsley and Middlesbrough.

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