Fleetwood Town confirmed on Friday morning that they’d signed Shola Ameobi for the rest of the season.
Shola had offered to play for cash-strapped Bolton for free but a transfer embargo prevented him renewing his short-term contract.
After signing on at Fleetwood, the mackem slayer said that he was excited to be joining the club who are 21st in League One, saying that it was their underlying ambition that had persuaded him to turn down other offers.
Speaking about the move, Shola Ameobi also talked about how lucky he had been top play for the club he also supported, for most of his career.
The former United striker saying ‘It (playing for Newcastle) is something I don’t take lightly and feel really, really proud of it’.
Shola Ameobi says that he still keeps in touch with people at St James Park and he is still a fan who wants to see Newcastle do well.
Good luck to Shola on his new adventure.
Shola Ameobi talking to the official Fleetwood Town website:
“I spoke to the owner Andy Pilley on Wednesday night and he explained to me what he wanted to do here. I was really excited to come down and join.
“I was intrigued to see what the place was all about, but now that I’ve seen it I’m just excited to be here and will hopefully lend a bit of experience and quality to the squad.
“The training facilities are magnificent considering where the Club were a few years ago, so to have something like this is great testament to the owner.
“The ambition was the one thing that really stood out for me. The owner, the manager and the lads are all ambitious and it was something I really wanted to be a part of.
“At the end of the day it’s about what feels right, and when I got here it really felt right. I got a good vibe from the manager and his staff.
“I want to give it my all to whoever I play for and it’s important that the relationship is there. It was certainly the case when I came here.
“I will always try and lend my experiences to the younger players coming through here. The manager feels an experienced head can guide them along.
“Helping to develop young players is something I take really seriously and have done throughout my career. I aim to do the same here.”
Shola Ameobi on Newcastle United:
“I’m a homegrown lad and was fortunate enough to play most of my career for Newcastle United who are the club I’ve supported from an early age.
“It’s something I don’t take lightly and I feel really, really proud of it. I’m still a fan of the club and want to see them do well.
“I keep in touch with some of the guys there as they’re a club close to my heart, but this is a new challenge for me now and one I’m focused on.
“For me football is football no matter what division you play in. This challenge is no different and it’s one I’m very much relishing.
“Every league has its difficulties and as a team we’d obviously like to be higher up the table, so hopefully myself and the other lads who have come in can help the lads.”