Newcastle play their first game of the pre-season tomorrow night at Darlington, and Danny Simpson for one, is really looking forward to the game.
Danny Simpson – new lads mixing in well
And Danny has also praised the newly arrived French speaking players, for mixing in well with the rest of the lads, which is very good to hear, because Newcastle must keep up their excellent team spirit of the last couple of years.
Newcastle Assistant manager John Carver is responsible to ensure the lads mix together and there are no cliques, and of course John has lots of experience doing that job, and things seem to be working well on that front.
Newcastle fans will be there in numbers tomorrow night at Darlington, as they get their first glimpse of some of the new players and also of top youngsters Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, who are both returning from long term injuries.
Danny Simpson talked to the Newcastle web site today:
“It’s been a long time since we last played so we’re obviously looking forward to Friday,”
“The sooner the better for playing a game, and once the first one’s out the way then we’ll be ready to crack on.
“The new lads, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Mehdi Abeid have come in, looked really good and are getting involved with the boys.”
“They aren’t afraid to chat to us and be a part of the squad, so it’s good.” “It will be good to get a run out at Darlington and play with the new lads, get to know each other and each other’s games.
“We are getting to know them well off the pitch and then once Friday comes we can get some game time and learn about them on the pitch too.”
The lads will also have a big chance to get to know each other on the American tour, but the reports we are hearing from the Benton training grounds suggests the lads are getting on very well together – and that’s very good!
The Newcastle web site has put out this information for the match tomorrow night:
Only pay on the night cash only tickets remain for the friendly at Darlington on Friday night, and can be purchased from the visiting ticket office in the East Stand of the Northen Echo Arena from 6.30 pm.