Most of the Newcastle players are back for pre-season training, and our first pre-season friendly game is at Oldham Athletic next Tuesday, and their ground has just been renamed SportsDirect.com Park after the announcement of a five-year sponsorship deal with Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct retail company.
Now we know why Newcastle are playing Oldham next week.
SportsDirect.com Park – Oldham’s ground
It seems another way of Mike Ashley using Newcastle United to advertise his business to the world – but what’s new?
But onto more positive things – and we are hoping that Steven Taylor stays at the club this season, and can get back to the good form he has shown at Newcastle in patches in his ten years in the first team.
And Steven talked yesterday about some of our young players – who we hope will come through in the coming season.
This is what the Whitley Bay lad said on the Newcastle web-site:
“It is great for them to be training with us every day, just like they were towards the end of last season as well.” “Being in high-quality training sessions like ours are only going to benefit them.”
“It’s a very different environment for them, going from the Academy and Under-21 teams to the first team.” “It’s a different kettle of fish completely, so it is also good for us experienced professionals to pass on our knowledge to the young lads coming in.”
We do have a number of seemingly very good youngsters currently at the club, with local lad Adam Armstrong the one who has caught the eye this year.
It would be terrific if Adam, who turned 17 in February, can push for some games in the first team in this coming season.
Newcastle must be able to bring young players through the ranks via the Youth Academy, and it’s something we haven’t been too successful at – so far.
That could change next season.
Written while on vacation in England.