By Dominic Toner
Dwight Gayle believes his decision to reject Bristol City last year was the right move.
Newcastle completed the £10million signing of the 25-year-old forward this summer following their relegation from the Premier League.
Gayle’s former club Crystal Palace accepted a bid from the Bristol City last summer but the striker rejected the move in order to try cement his place in the Eagles side.
Bristol City secured promotion to the Championship for the 2015/16 season but Gayle snubbed the move.
“It was in my mind, but at the time I was still involved at Palace,” Gayle told the Chronicle. “I felt I needed to push myself for one more year there. I think I still made the right decision, and I’m happy where we are now.”
Gayle scored the winner in a 1-0 victory against Bristol City on Saturday after latching on to a Mohamed Diame ball and firing home.
He has adjusted well since his move to St James’ Park and has netted four goals in his last three games to spearhead back-to-back victories.
Fan favourite Alexander Mitrovic is set to return from a four-match ban in the club’s next Championship fixture against Brentford and supporters will be hoping the two strikers can build a partnership up top.
Gayle scored 26 goals in 74 appearances during his three seasons at Palace but has opted to drop down to the Championship to further his career.
Gayle, who joined Palace in 2013 from Peterborough for a fee of £6million, will be hoping to secure Newcastle a first-time return to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez.
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