Damein Duff felt almost suicidal three months ago at ­Newcastle.

There was no luck of the Irish for him as his injury-jinxed three-year Geordie nightmare ­ended with an own goal that sent the Magpies crashing into the Championship.

But today, having just joined ­Fulham, he is set to face Blues of a very different kind.

And trying to put the skids under his old pals from ­Chelsea will be an absolute pleasure. Duff said: “I was almost ­suicidal the way we went down at Newcastle.

“When the chance came to come here, I just jumped at it.”

Roy Hodgson, who sold him from Blackburn to Chelsea for ­£17million six years ago, rescued him.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the manager,” said Duff. “It would be nice to nick something for him this ­season.”

Duff, 30, set up ­Fulham’s third goal against Amkar Perm in the Europa Cup on ­Thursday.

He said: “It was nice to set up a goal on my debut. I’m ­looking forward to the next three years here.”