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Jeff Hendrick

Steve Bruce hailed the impact of new signing Jeff Hendrick as Newcastle United began the new season on a high.

And Hendrick, who scored one goal and also claimed an assist in a 2-0 win over West Ham, says he's hoping for more days like that as he ended his six-month wait for a club appearance since his last outing for Burnley.

Hendrick, signed by United on a free transfer from the Clarets, wasted no time in setting in, with a key role in that 2-0 win, Callum Wilson also impressing manager Bruce.

"It's great that Jeff and Callum get off to a good start and the young full-back [Jamal Lewis] has had a decent game too," Bruce said. "I was delighted with the attitude that we showed against a big powerful West Ham team.

"Maybe it was not a game for the purist but the better football came from ourselves," Bruce added.

It was Hendrick's first Premier League goal since October, a welcome return to form.

"I don't want to big myself but I've scored a few nice ones," he said. "But I'm happy to get the win in the first game with the lads, and get a goal. It's a brilliant feeling. Getting three points on the first day of the season is massive and it's something we can build on.

"It [Newcastle debut] was a longer wait than I would have liked but the main thing was coming here, starting the season off well, getting three points and putting a solid performance in, which I think all the lads did.

"First of all the plan was to make it hard for them - the main priority in football is to work hard and give everything. I think that's what everyone did, even the subs coming on, and then when you get chances try and take them - and thankfully we did."