Newcastle sign Sol Campbell on one-year deal

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Veteran defender Sol Campbell has turned down another season with Arsenal to join newly-promoted Newcastle United.

Campbell, who won 73 caps for England, has signed a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months if he plays enough games.

It is thought the possibility of a future coaching role has also been discussed with Toon boss Chris Hughton, who worked with the 35-year-old at Tottenham Hotspur.

"At this stage of my career I couldn't have wished for a better move," Campbell told the club's official website.

"To join a club such as Newcastle, with its proud tradition, heritage and magnificent support, is absolutely tremendous for me.

"I'd like to thank Chris Hughton for putting his faith in me and aim to repay him and the supporters by giving everything I possibly can to help re-establish this great club in the top tier of English football.

"I just want to play and can't wait to get started. There's a real buzz about the place and that's great.

"I've played at St. James' Park numerous times and always found it a fantastic place to play, there's always a tremendous atmosphere."

Hughton added: "I have known Sol since he was a lad at Tottenham and am fully aware of what he has to offer. That is experience, quality, calm assurance and leadership.

"He's a dedicated professional, a terrific addition to the squad and I look forward to working with him again."

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