There was talk earlier this summer of Steven Taylor may be leaving Newcastle United, the home town team he has played for since 2004 when Sir Bobby Robson gave him his big chance, but the local lad seems to be loving it in pre-season, and Steven has revealed that new fitness coach Dave Billows has been pressing the players to get to their ultimate fitness levels in pre-season – “he’s been thrashing the life out of us” according to Steven.
Steven Taylor – loving it at Newcastle
Steven has made a decent start in pre-season, but Mike Williamson returned to the Newcastle side against Schalke on Sunday, and the defense looked a lot more solid with the 6’4″ center-back in the side.
This is what Steven Taylor has said today:
“Pre-season been really, really tough. Dave has come in from Everton and he has been absolutely thrashing the life out of us,” “It is a sickly feeling sometimes but the hard work is going to pay off for us. It has been really good and we have been enjoying the pain.”
“Dave got us down to hard graft from the very first day. It’s been tough, but great. It’s what you need as a team and everyone has bought into it straight away.”
“Fair play, there have been no complaints, as everyone knows how vitally important fitness is in the Premier League these days. The lads have been working very hard, but it has been needed.”
“I’ve been getting my head down a few times on Tynemouth beach, doing some running. It is great there as I can put the headphones on and run up and down the soft sand. It works.”
“I did it for two or three weeks before the start of pre-season training, taking advantage of the soft sand and the hundreds of steps to get you down on the beach.”
“It’s difficult but it is something I’ve really want to do after coming back from my Achilles injury and it seemed to do the trick.”
“I want to get back to where I was fitness-wise and strength-wise that I was before my Achilles tendon injury. I have got the feeling that I am getting back to those sorts of levels.
“I want to hit the ground running and feel great every time I go out on the football pitch and so a little bit of extra training won’t do me any harm at all.”
“My legs have never felt better. Condition wise I have never felt as good in pre-season.”
Taylor did not have a good season last season, and it started very badly for the local lad, when he was sent off at Manchester City in our first game of the season, when we were hammered 4-0, and he never regained his first team place.
If we were to hazard a guess,we would say that Williamson and Coloccini will be the central defenders for our first game against the Premier League Champions a week on Sunday at St. James’ Park.
But Steven needs to keep his head down and keep working hard, and he could still do a job for Newcastle next season.
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