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Shola Ameobi leaves NUFC

Striker Shola Ameobi will leave the Magpies after 14 years at the club. The 32-year-old came through the ranks on Tyneside before making his debut in September 2000.

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Pardew thanks Ameobi: 'Such loyalty and commitment is rare'

Shola Ameobi is leaving the Magpies. Credit: PA wire

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has thanked Shola Ameobi for being 'an incredible servant to Newcastle United' during his 14 years at the club.

The long-serving striker will leave before the 2014/15 season.

In a statement, Pardew said: "Such loyalty and commitment in the modern game is rare and Shola was not just a great player on the pitch but a key figure off it too.

"He is a leader of men, a great role model for our younger players and I wish him well for the remainder of his career."

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