Striker Admits Major Mistake At St James' Park That Cost His Career!

Last updated : 12 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Offiong has admitted that while at Newcastle United, he thought he had 'arrived' on football's biggest stage despite never pulling on a jersey for the side now led by Kevin Keegan.

Offiong: "You can lose your focus.

"Everything is there on a plate and it's easy to take it for granted.

"It's pretty hard for young players when you're surrounded by a comfortable environment.

"You might not push yourself as much as you should, but I've learned from it and I'm a better player now.

"I was at Newcastle from U-14 level and left when I was 20.

"I wouldn't say I thought it was a cakewalk, but I just thought that I had made it and my chance would come.

"You feel like you're owed a chance, but no-one has to give you anything. You need to earn it yourself."