England striker Michael Owen has forecast good times ahead for Newcastle United after committing himself to the club under new manager Sam Allardyce.
Owen joined the Magpies from Real Madrid two seasons ago but he has been floored by injuries and doubts over his motivation to do well on Tyneside.
The 27-year-old Owen though believes a bright future lies just around the corner in the new season especially with the recent arrival of former Bolton boss Allardyce.
"I believe that these can be good times to be at Newcastle, which is why I am more than happy to be here," He wrote in his column in the Times.
"There has been plenty of speculation about my future, but I can assure the Newcastle fans that I didn't start any of it. There was a lot of talk from other quarters and my attitude to rumour has always been to ignore it."
"I prefer to let my actions speak for themselves and I just wish there had been more opportunities to show the Newcastle fans what I am capable of. I am sure that is to come this season."