James Tavernier didn’t come through as much as we thought he would last season, but he still has two years left on his contract, although time may be running out if he is to make an impact in Newcastle’s first team.
James Tavernier – leads Newcastle sevens side in Hong Kong
James is in Hong Kong to captain the Newcastle sevens side that won the HKFC Citibank International Soccer Sevens tournament last year, and only Aston Villa (twice) and Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan have successfully defended their titles.
James is Newcastle’s captain for the tournament, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“Last year it was really enjoyable to come as a new team, into a new environment. We had a good young team who worked really hard, and it paid off as we won the tournament.”
“And this year, we want to win the trophy again. It’s going to be a bit harder this year because teams are wanting to take the title away from us but we’ve got a more experienced team this year and we want to defend it.”
“We’ve got loads who have been on loan this year, lads who have got great experience and obviously young lads like Steven Logan and Rolando Aarons who have done great for the Reserves this year, so it’s looking really positive for the team and it’ll show, hopefully, through the tournament.”
“We’ll go into every single game with a strategy and if we work hard, hopefully the results will come.” “I take it really seriously, the responsibility of captaining the team. Being captain of Newcastle at any level is a huge honour and I will give the armband the respect it deserves.”
“Hopefully I can set an example and be a leader to the lads and we can win the tournament again.”
James has been on loan at Gateshead, Carlisle, MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday over the last couple of years or so, and he could be sent out loan again in August, depending on how things shape up in pre-season for the 21 year-old Bradford-born youngster.
Let’s hope Newcastle can win this tournament again this year – it starts today.
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