Stephen Carr was interviewed on Newcastle World TV yesterday â€“ so those of you who have your membership it’s another good interview to watch.
We translated what Stephen says and the Irishman comes over as mature and extremely positive for the upcoming season.
We’ll take a look at the interesting things Stephen had to say.
Stephen Carr – fitter than ever and he certainly looks it
Carr,Â without even mentioning the manager gives Sam and his fitness team aÂ vote of confidence for the way Big Sam has got them ready for the upcoming season. To think that Sam may be the only one who isn’t fully satisfied with the condition of his players. We think that tells us something about Sam’s fitness standards (hint: they’re very high) . It’s true that we have too many injured players out right now â€“ but on the positive side we did haveÂ a few come back last Sunday against Sampdoria.
Stephen has had an injury-palguedÂ time at Newcastle but we think if he can stay free of injuries this seasonÂ we hope he can get back to the form he showed while at Spurs. At times Stephen looked of the highest class at the North London club. This may be a good exampleÂ of how Big Sam can transform a 30 year-old by getting him super fit physically and very positive mentally (after all the two seem to work together). Stephen turns 31 on August 29th.
Hope he can keep fit â€“ and to fair to Stephen he looks as good as we’ve seen him physically and by what he says in this interview his mental state seems up there too.
StephenÂ has played 97 times in his 3 seasonssat at the club and scored one goal â€“ but what a goal that was, if you can remember. He’s played 43 times for Ireland andÂ was signed by Bobby Robson in the summer of 2004, just before Bobby was removed as manager .
Here’s what Stephen had to say to Newcastle World TV:
â€œI felt not bad last season until I got injured but I feel as good as I’ve ever been now.â€
â€œI have got a good few games under my belt and I am raring to goâ€
â€œI will do my best and hopefully that’s good enough for the managerâ€
â€œPre-season has been excellent, probably as good as I’ve known, and each player has had a program tailored to them.â€
â€œI’ve been very impressed and I know all the lads are feeling good going into the new seasonâ€
Carr then talked about the youngsters at the club and how they need some help and guidance from the older players. Stephen went on:
â€œI had it myself when I was growing up and I think you need help as a young player especially against opposition of the quality such as Juventus.â€
â€œIt’s a great experience for them and a few of them could get a chance this season.”
Good words from Stephen and I know quite a few of us have been impressed with how he’s played in pre-season and the fact that he looks fitter now than we’ve ever seen him. Good for Stephen and very good for Sam’s new fitness team.
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