Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has been backed to get the best out of new signing Jeff Hendrick by his former player Michael Brown.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Brown said he expects his former boss at Wigan Athletic to have a plan for Hendrick.

The 28-year-old has joined Newcastle on a free transfer, putting pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at St. James’ Park.

 

Hendrick left Burnley at the expiration of his contract in June and Football Insider revealed Newcastle’s interest all the way back in April.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche wanted to extend the Republic of Ireland international’s contract but talks failed.

Asked by Football Insider whether Hendrick represented an upgrade for Newcastle’s squad, Brown said: “I think he’s a good addition. He’s got great Premier League experience now.

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“Steve has a way of playing and a way of getting the best out of players and if he’s bringing him in then he’ll understand where there’s a slot for him.

“You’ve got to look at some of those Newcastle players and think they could be going. Squad wise, you do have to get a couple in.”

Hendrick joined Burnley from Derby County four years ago.

At Pride Park, he scored 27 goals in 214 games and won the club’s young player of the year award in 2012.

He was sold to Burnley for a £10.5m, a club record fee for the Clarets at the time.

The versatile midfielder then made 122 Premier League appearances for Dyche’s side including 26 in the last campaign where he was mainly deployed as a right midfielder.

He has netted nine Premier League goals.

Dublin-born Hendrick has represented the Republic of Ireland 54 times, scoring twice.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Plymouth Argyle have opened talks to sign a Newcastle United defender.