Newcastle United captain Michael Owen has talked to nufcTV today and feels it will be an honor toÂ lead the Magpies for next season.
Michael Owen – captain for next season – an “honor”
Manager Kevin Keegan confirmed last week the 90 times capped England star will be handed the armbandÂ again having captained the side during their impressive finish to last season.
Owen played not only well just behind the front two strikers of Viduka and Martins, but he also managed to score 7 goals in the last nine games,Â as Newcastle finally got clear of the relegation zone.
The 28-year-old, who is still negotiating a new contract at the club, told nufcTV today that he hopes to kick-off the new season in a similar free-scoring way:
“The end of the season was great,”Â “When I get in a rhythm and start playing regularly I feel great.”
“I started scoring a few goals and that will continue as long as I get on the pitch and I’m fine.” “We had a good time of it and there was a feel-good factor about the club and we were buzzing as a group.”
“It was quite a small squad but with a lot of quality and it was a real honour to lead the team out.”
“Beating Sunderland 2-0 at St. James’ was fantastic and I think we were unbeaten for about seven games or so.”
“Hopefully we can start the new season in the same way as we finished the last one.”
Owen is on a different training schedule to the rest of his Newcastle colleagues, having contracted the mumps virus earlier in the summer, and he had to pull out of England’s tour of the Caribbean because of it.
But the former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker says his pre-season program has been designed to get him ready for the opening game at Manchester United:
“I’m starting to catch up now slowly but surely,”
“But it’s all geared towards being ready for the first game at Man United.”
That first game at Old Trafford on August 17th will be massively important for the Newcastle side, and we’ll be hoping for a draw – at least.