Steve Bruce has commented on how summer signing Jeff Hendrick has settled into life at Newcastle.

Ireland international Hendrick came in on a free transfer as part of an exciting summer of recruitment.

And Bruce told BBC Newcastle that he is pleased with his performances so well..

He also hinted at the demanding nature of playing for the club, even without fans being allowed into the stadium.

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“Jeff’s come in and done very well for us,” Bruce said. “I’ve been very, very pleased.

“He’ll be disappointed with his performance at Southampton but he wasn’t alone. He’s very quietly got on with his job.

 

“He’s now got an understanding of what it’s like to play in Newcastle, how difficult and demanding it is.

“He’s a great pro, a great lad and has served us well so far.”

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Hendrick had a tricky time on international duty lately.

He was sent off in Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Wales, and Stephen Kenny’s side continued their goalless run.

They haven’t scored for over 11 hours of international football, and returning to Newcastle should offer some respite.

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