News on the Newcastle web-site that the Newcastle United squad have just arrived in Ireland for their week-long training camp in County Kildare.
Newcastle will play their first friendly of the summer in Dublin next Saturday against Bohemian.
Newcastle players arriving in Ireland tonight
Here’s some of what has just been put on the Newcastle web-site:
Manager Rafa Benitez has named a 26-man party for the County Kildare-based camp, which will conclude with a friendly against Bohemian on Saturday, 16th July (2;00pm kick-off).
Summer signings Jesus Gamez, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Matz Sels are all included in the travelling squad, while youngsters Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons, Kevin Mbabu, Jamie Sterry and Paul Woolston are also involved.
Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara and Emmanuel Riviere are not on the tour as they all work their way back to fitness on Tyneside following injuries.
Here is the Newcastle United squad:
Rolando Aarons, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong, Jack Colback, Karl Darlow, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Jesus Gamez, Dwight Gayle, Yoan Gouffran, Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Kevin Mbabu, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Matz Sels, Jonjo Shelvey, Jamie Sterry, Florian Thauvin, Cheick Tiote, Georginio Wijnaldum, Paul Woolston
Florian Thauvin and Adam Armstrong are in the squad and it’s a little strange that Adam is in the squad since we though he wasn’t yet fully fit.
But neither is Rob Elliot so they are being taken along to bond with the squad for the team spirit.
Wonder if that means that Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara and Emmanuel Riviere will be sold?
But in any case, that’s a strong squad Rafa has taken to County Kildare for a training and fitness camp and also to do some bonding of the players to build up that all important team spirit.