Caig ready for action

Last updated : 06 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The former Hibs, Charlton, Blackpool and Carlisle gloveman arrived at St James’ Park on deadline day, ostensibly as cover for suspended number two Steve Harper.

Caig has signed a deal that will keep him at United until the end of the season, although he hopes to impress enough to earn a longer contract.

Of his shock move he told the Evening Chronicle: "I have always known what a big club Newcastle United were.

"But it wasn't until I came down here for a couple of weeks on trial in October that I realised what such a brilliant club it is.

"Everything they do here seems to be geared for success and I would love to stay here and be a part of it.

"But while the competition among the goalkeepers is fierce, I feel as though the ball is in my court."

With Harper banned for three matches after a dubious sending off in the reserves, Sir Bobby will have to choose between Caig and John Karelse for a place on the bench against Arsenal.