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Arma's heading home

The Geordie frontman is looking forward to returning to boyhood club Newcastle United on Saturday

3 January 2019

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Rovers attacker Adam Armstrong says he can't wait to take on his boyhood club at the weekend when he and the rest of the squad head to Newcastle United.

A self-confessed supporter of the Magpies, Armstrong went to St James' Park as a child before joining the club's academy aged just nine.

And ahead of a return to familiar territory, the 21-year-old, who signed for Rovers permanently in the summer, says it will be a "special" moment should he start back on Tyneside.

“I can’t wait. I was buzzing when the draw came out and then quickly started receiving a lot of texts and calls," the diminutive number seven admitted to iFollow Rovers.

“I was watching the draw live in the living room with Richie [Smallwood] and beforehand he asked who I wanted.
“I obviously wanted Newcastle, and once they came out it was almost written in the stars that Blackburn would come out. It will be great to go home.
“I’m looking forward to it. It should be a good day and hopefully we can come out with the right result. 
“It’s not hit me yet, but I think it will when I get on the pitch. I’m excited, because I don’t actually think I started a first team game there for Newcastle.
“I played a lot of games there off the bench, but walking out at St James’ in the tunnel, it’s going to be special for me.
“I have a lot of family and friends coming to the game, so hopefully we can come out on top."
Arma still keeps an eye on the Magpies' fortunes, and hopes the club enjoy the rest of the season - after Saturday's cup clash!
“The club still means a lot to me," he added.
"I’m a Newcastle fan and was there for a long time, since I was nine-years-old and coming through the academy system.
“I made my debut aged 16 under [Alan] Pardew and at the time things were looking up for me. We were struggling at the time and it was always going to be hard for the manager to chuck me in when it’s like that.
“That’s football. I had the chance to leave permanently in the summer, and when a massive club like Blackburn came in for me I simply couldn’t turn the move down."

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