Date: 28th July 2006 at 11:07am
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Damien Duff: ‘There is no better place to play football than Newcastle and I am really, really pleased to be here. I cannot wait to get playing.

‘I have come to Newcastle because I knew it was right for me.

‘The fans are tremendous here and I am really looking forward to playing in front of them for the first time – with them on my side.

‘I have played at St James’ Park for Blackburn and Chelsea and it is an amazing place.

‘The fans are incredible – they really are. They can be a 12th man at times.

‘Football is a religion up here – the fans love it, and so do I.

‘Passion and excitement – that is what I am going to get as a Newcastle player, starting on Saturday.’