Jonjo Shelvey paid for a personal trainer last summer and he came back to preseason training ready for the Championship very fit and keen to help Newcastle get promoted at the very first attempt.
Jonjo helped us to do that last season and this year he came back to preseason in tip-top condition again, but this time he did the training without the help of a personal trainer.
Jonjo Shelvey enjoying the training in Dublin
Jonjo has been speaking to the press at the kit launch at Dublin’s new Sports Direct store and he said the following as reported in the Chronicle:
“I feel a lot better, a lot fitter, a lot sharper and that was the main aim for me going into this season, making sure I was ready and prepared.”
“Last year I had a trainer, but this year I just went away and did my own bit.”
“I was going a lot of running, 5K in the morning and then an intense session in the afternoon and then in the evening before bed I’d do another 5K.”
“So it was more of a case of ticking over because I’d lost that initial weight that I needed to lose. It was maintaining.”
“I’ve been everywhere. I went to Mykonos straight after the season with my wife and just had a week of just doing nothing.”
“Then I went to Vegas with my wife and had a week of hard training!” “Then I came back and went to Orlando with the kids and a Disney cruise.”
“I started then on the boat and then went to Portugal for three weeks, so the majority of the work got done there.”
“I feel good. It was getting to the point where you want to come back to training.”
“Playing in the Championship last year, you get a longer break so it was getting to the point where if I had hair I’d be pulling it out because I wanted to get back to training.”
“It’s nice to be back in the Premier League.” “It’s the best league in the world at the end of the day and it’s where everybody wants to play.
“We deserve to be back there from last season just like we deserved to go down the season before.
“Now we’re back we need to make sure we stay there.”
Our players had a full eight week break last summer which is probably the longest break they will ever get.
And Jonjo Shelvey can be a big player for us this season but he has to control that little bit of mischief in him – but not too much.
Jonjo is an excellent technical player and he seems determined to become the very best he can be and he could do no better than have the great Rafa Benitez coaching him at Newcastle.
Rafa signed him for Liverpool way back in 2010 just before the manager left the Reds after six years there.
Rafa obviously knows the fantastic skill Jonjo possesses and is determined to get the very best out of the former Charlton trainee – who at £12M from Swansea now looks a bargain buy.
That’s some commitment in the summer from Jonjo to his fitness and he remains very ambitious, which cannot be bad.