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Karl Darlow insists he is desperate to force his way back into the Newcastle United side and prove himself in the Premier League following a “frustrating” start to his season.

The 27-year-old has yet to make a league appearance this term, despite being on the bench for all 11 matches, and his only competitive action came in the Carabao Cup second-round defeat to his former club Nottingham Forest in August.

During the 2015/16 campaign Darlow made nine top-flight appearances, before excelling throughout the Championship-winning season – only to find himself dropped for the final three matches once Rob Elliot regained full fitness.

He is extremely eager to gain another opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League at St James’ Park.

Karl Darlow

“Of course it’s been a frustrating start for me,” Darlow said of his season so far.

“I’ve wanted to play but it’s the manager’s decision so I have to stick by it, just keep working hard on the training ground and hope things improve for myself.

“But I’m so pleased for the lads because we worked so hard last season to get up and to see them doing well in the Premier League is excellent.

“I relish the chance to play Premier League football again. It’s what I want to do, and I’ll keep trying my hardest to make it a reality again.”

Over the summer, Darlow was linked with both Middlesbrough and Reading after manager Rafa Benitez made it clear that he…



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