Kevin Nolan has talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today and says that most of the Newcastle players just cannot wait for next season to begin, and they are confident they can hold their own with the big boys.
Kevin Nolan with Alan Smith and the Championship trophy
Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Hopefully, the best is still to come from us.”“We’re all really looking forward to playing in the Premier League and nobody is daunted by it – quite the opposite in fact.”
“The players here earned the right to get back there and now we feel there is more to come.
“In front of our own fans we have to be confident, and we’ll be looking to protect that fantastic unbeaten run at home because we were so strong there last season.”
“There’s every reason to feel optimistic and it is up to us to show we truly belong here.”
Nolan is just 27 and showed some of his best form ever in the recently finished season, although admittedly it was in England’s second division, but Kevin was rightly voted the Championship player of the season, and was probably Newcastle’s best player last term.
And he has also scored 18 goals, his best goals tally ever, which was just one short of Andy Carroll’s top tally of 19 goals for the Newcastle club.
Kevin still believes he has the best years of his career in front of him, and most Newcastle fans would agree with that. Nolan has turned out to be a tremendous buy for the Tyneside club, at just £4M from Bolton Wanderers just 15 months ago.
“The lads and the staff here are fantastic to be around every day, and we just want to do the best for this club.”
“It’s a pleasure to come into training and the players now have such a great bond.” “We’re a close group and everybody works hard for each other.”
“That will continue next season.”
Kevin Nolan was part of Sam Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers side that was promoted in 2001, and Bolton have remained in England’s top division ever since.
Kevin was captain at Bolton when he was just 23 years-old and was always a leader at the Lancashire club.
“I’ve had some fantastic years and some fantastic times in my career.” “I’ve been in a final, and I went up with Bolton in my first season.”
“But to go up the way we have done is fantastic, and I’m absolutely delighted for the fans.” “Hopefully we can now go away and enjoy the seven weeks or so we’ve got off.”
We look for Kevin Nolan to have another outstanding season next season back in the PL, and he has something to prove still at Newcastle, and could even begin the season as the new Newcastle United captain.
And just like the players – we cannot wait for next season to begin.