Grant Hanley has talked today in the match program about how great it will be to play at St. James’ Park in front of Newcastle’s legendary fans.
Well, he will get the chance today against SBV Vitesse because Chancel Mbemba has picked up a slight ankle injury in training and is being rested as a precaution, so Grant will be partnering captain Jamaal Lascelles at the back.
Chancel is expected to be fit for the first game of the season next Friday night at Craven Cottage.
Grant Hanley – in Scotland’s colors
This is what Grant has said today:
“I can’t wait to play there as a home player.”
“I knew Newcastle was a massive club but when I go there to sign I went to the stadium and I really had to pinch myself.” “It was surreal.”
“It’s not every day you get a chance to come to play for a club like this in front of these fans, who everybody knows just how passionate they are.”
“It really took a while to sink in and I am really looking forward to it now.” “I have spent the first week trying to settle in, get into training and get to know the lads.”
“But to finally get out there on the pitch was brilliant.”
“Coming off the bench is always tough, especially the first 10 minutes, but once you get a second wind you are normally all right.”
Grant is not exactly match fit so it will be interesting how he plays today and for how long, but we’d be surprised if he plays the full game.
Here’s the St. James’ Park stadium today – and the sun is now out.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 30, 2016