Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ambrose out to Impress

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ambrose out to Impress

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Darren Ambrose is refusing to allow his uncertain future at Newcastle United to distract him from ending a frustrating season with a flourish.

Ambrose has returned to prominence at St James's Park in the last fortnight, starting and scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last weekend.

But, while the England Under-21 international retained his place in the starting line-up, it is widely believed the midfielder will move back to former club Ipswich Town in the summer, as long as they are promoted to the Premiership.

Nevertheless, Ambrose, who has made just 23 starts since his pounds 1m switch from East Anglia in March 2003, is in no mood to allow the speculation to sidetrack him as he strives to make up for lost time on Tyneside.

"I've heard about the Ipswich link," said the 21-year-old, who began the campaign as former manager Sir Bobby Robson's first-choice right winger. "But it's not something that's crossed my mind.

"I'm just concentrating on playing my football until the end of the season. That's all I want to do at the moment. I'm playing here again and I'm very pleased with that.

"I don't want to look too far ahead. After such little football, all I'm hoping is I stay in the side for the next game. I'll be happy to keep my place in the side until the end of the season."

There is no doubt that Ambrose's return to the starting line-up has impressed manager Graeme Souness, but with a major turnover of players expected in the summer following a disastrous campaign, Ambrose is aware of the fact that he could still be deemed surplus to requirements.

And, while he is keen to concentrate on United's remaining four games of the season in the hope of persuading Souness that he should be persevered with, he has admitted Newcastle fans will never see the best of him unless he is given a long run in the team.

Such a run is unlikely to be promised to him by Souness, which would appear to make a return to the club where he made his name a far more attractive option. …

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