Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Striker out to Repay Manager's Stead-Fast Support

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Striker out to Repay Manager's Stead-Fast Support

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER

Jon stead insists he will repay Mick McCarthy's faith in his if he gets a chance in tomorrow's derby, (writes JAMES HUNTER).

The frontman ( who was brought to Blackburn by current Newcastle boss Graeme Souness in February 2004 ( joined Sunderland over the summer but has yet to make his mark on Wearside.

The pounds 1.8m man is still looking for his first goal in a red and white shirt.

While he is behind Andy Gray, Stephen Elliott and Anthony Le Tallec in the pecking order, Stead would love to open his account in the Tyne-Wear game ( if he gets on the pitch at St James's Park.

He said: "It was nice to get on against Man United last weekend in what was a massive game and there will be no bigger fixture than tomorrow's derby.

"Everyone wants to play and I am no different.

"It has been difficult for me recently because I came to play and was first choice at the start of the season but now I am probably fourth choice. …

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