Best excited by strike partner

March 12, 2013

Newcastle United starlet Adam Campbell is determined to build on making his Premier League debut.

The 18-year-old North Shields-born front-man came off the bench to feature in Newcastle's 2-1 win over Stoke.

Campbell is now looking to repay the faith shown in him by manager Alan Pardew.

"It's nice to know the manager is going to give you a chance," Campbell told the Shields Gazette.

"If he thinks you are good enough, he will.

"It makes you want to work harder so that he can't not play you.

"It gives everybody a lift. Not just me, everybody in the Academy and reserves knows if they work hard enough then the manager will give you your chance and you will get in there.

"I'm just looking to get on the bench and if I can get on a few times, it would give me the perfect platform to work from next season. It isn't about me getting a game, we have good players here already. I'll just keep working."

Best, a ?3million summer signing from Newcastle, made his Rovers debut last week after suffering knee ligament damage in pre-season.

Following a substitute appearance at Bolton, the Republic of Ireland international was selected to start alongside Best in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Millwall.

Although the duo drew a blank on that occasion, Best sees plenty of potential in his fledgling alliance with the prolific Rhodes.

"I've trained a bit with him and we link nicely," he said. "We've been doing a few good things.

"He's a lovely, lovely lad, down to earth and it's just a matter of understanding each other.

"Once we get that going I think we'll be putting defenders through their paces."