Newcastle are in negotiations with Andy Carroll to get him tied down at the Tyneside club with an improved contract, and we have to hope the same thing happens soon for Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – takes fitness coach to Los Angeles
We know the two local lads had a bust-up in April, but they were both raised in the Newcastle area and have both come through the Youth ranks at the club and are two of our brightest prospects right now.
Steven did very well last season until he sustained his rather serious knee injury against WBA in January, which effectively kept him out of the Newcastle side for the rest of the season.
But the acquisition of Mike Williamson was such that Steven wasn’t missed too much Newcastle, as the former Portsmouth and Watford center-back put in some solid performances for the Newcastle side, and looked another excellent acquisition.
And news today that Taylor is determined to be really fit when he returns to training on July 7th, as he is taking his fitness coach on vacation with him.
It’s what Shay Given did a couple of years ago to get over his nagging groin problems, and Shay has never looked back – although he is now recovering from the shoulder injury he received late in the season.
The former England Under-21 captain is working very hard right now so he is the fittest he has been ever, in a season that will be critical to the future of the Newcastle club.
It turns out that Steven arranged to have fitness coach Michael Pellegrino in Los Angeles last week, so he could work on his strength and conditioning.
But it’s going to be awfully hot right now in LA, and that’s hardly conducive to any strenuous training – for instance in Raleigh, NC today, it will reach 92 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity, and people usually stay indoors.
I cut our grass yesterday here in Raleigh – about 1/3 acre – in the high humidity and almost died.
So we have to assume Steven is working indoors or doing the work early in the mornings. In fact we checked the weather in LA today and it’s fairly cool with a high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and 89% humidity.
We know some of the Newcastle players are in Las Vegas right now – but that’s even hotter – and for instance in Vegas today – the high is 107 degrees Fahrenheit – and far to hot and dangerous to be out doors – but of course we have to assume the Newcastle players are indoors hitting the gambling tables.
What’s that saying again about made dogs and Englishmen? 😀