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Playmaker Explains Why He’s Super Fit Again At Start Of Preseason

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Which of our current players haven’t Rafa signed (excluding those he has signed for previous clubs)

  • Budge123

    Jul 20, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Sports Direct profits down 60%!
    It’s a miracle we are buying anyone!

  • Jack Root

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Is that a rhetorical question?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #4

    How can that be rhetoric?

    That’s a genuine question for decent posters…some good bloggers are always a few steps ahead of everyone else

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Look it up on NUFC.com
    You lazy Dane

  • Budge123

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Jasper – this is an easy one. Everyone except those purchased last Summer or this Summer. Pretty obvious really which was Ian’s point I think.

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s about this time that TOF falls over dead drunk

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Have others than Shelvey played under him at another club?

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #9

    I was quite impressed by England Lasses giving the jockesses a proper pasting last night. Some of the one touch football was really good. Some decent goals as well.
    Wonder if they can go all the way like the U17, U19 and U20 youth teams earlier this summer? Anybody else watch it?

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Round of applause and hats off to Budge 123
    for understanding the Dane’s gobbledygook

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Rafa Benítez left Liverpool “by mutual consent” on 3 June 2010
    Jonjo Shelvey made his debut for Liverpool on 22nd September 2010

  • Jack Root

    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Come on man. My lass wouldn’t let me. If you look ahead we’ll have a combined MOD. The BBC are already under pressure on gender equality grounds. The end result being our futuristic 3-0 win at Liverpool will be on last and for 3 minutes.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 20, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Not quite Jib. Still got a couple of hours to exert my intellectual hegemony over your sorry form, plonked no doubt on the setee in your slum in Benwell. I imagine it will be a busy day for “jane”. I mean you’ll need something to make you fell better after the Lewis Gibson debacle, I’m sure.


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