We have to make St. James' Park a fortress.

Janmaat [GETTY]

Netherlands international Daryl Janmaat says Newcastle United must improve their home form in order to be a force next season.

The former Feyenoord defender joined the Magpies last summer after an impressive display in the 2014 World Cup but found it tough in his debut season at St. James' Park, as the Tyneside club narrowly escaped relegation - winning just seven of their 19 home games.

However, the right-back said turning their home ground into a fortress will be key in the 2015-16 campaign.

"We have to give the fans more excitement and more wins next season," Janmaat told Newcastle's official website.

"They were brilliant [on the final day against West Ham]. Before I signed, I heard all about the supporters and the noise inside the stadium - and on that day I got to really experience it.

"We have to make St. James' Park a place that is not nice for opponents to come. It is such a fantastic stadium but by winning more games at home the atmosphere will get better and that will help everybody.

"There are lots of things already in place for this club to be a big one in the Premier League again. That is why I am so happy that we managed to stay up. Now, this season we have a chance to push on and have a much better season.

"I have enjoyed playing in the Premier League.

"This is where I want to be and signing for Newcastle was definitely the right decision.

"I have learnt a lot over the past year, I have played almost every game in the league and have really enjoyed it. I believe in myself and knew I could play over here and at this level, so it wasn't a surprise.

"I have great drive and knew I could be a good extra weapon on the right-hand side for Newcastle, but next season I want to improve and become an even better player. If I can do that, then I believe Newcastle can have a good season as well."

Former England coach Steve McClaren was appointed on a three-year-deal that can be extended to eight years.

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