Confirmation today from Newcastle United about their pre-season training camp.
Just like last summer, the players will be flying west but touching down a bit closer to home in Ireland.
Rafa Benitez and his players will be based in County Kildare to help prepare for the new season and when they return to Tyneside after a week in Ireland, there will be just three weeks to go until the season kicks off on Saturday 6 August.
However, a number of United’s players are set to miss at least this part of pre-season training.
The European Championships take place in France from 10 June to 10 July and Andros Townsend, Paul Dummett and Moussa Sissoko are all currently on track to be part of the action.
Whilst they may not get all the way to that final on Sunday 10 July, with the training camp starting on 9 July all three will surely miss the trip to Ireland as they will be given extra time off due to their international commitments.
Another two Newcastle players who are nailed on to also be missing, are Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong. They will be representing ENgland in the Under 19s European Championships over in Germany, that tournament running from Monday 11 July to Sunday 24 July.
International football not dovetailing very well with preparing for a Championship season!
The club say no friendlies are likely in Ireland but that the pre-season schedule should be made public very shortly.
Claims have been made of possible friendlies in Scotland, plus potentially games at Burnley and Doncaster, whilst the Belgium media have claimed that Newcastle will travel to Sporting Lokeren for a friendly on Saturday 23 July.
Newcastle official announcement of pre-season training camp:
‘Newcastle United will travel to Ireland in July for a week-long pre-season training camp.
The Magpies will be based in County Kildare from Saturday 9th-Saturday 16th July, where they will step up their preparations for the 2016/17 Skybet Championship season.
At this time there will be no fixtures during the training camp, however the Club are in the advanced stages of finalising a number of friendlies for elsewhere in the pre-season campaign.
“This training camp will be all about hard work and trying to maximise the time we have together,” said United boss Rafa Benitez.
“The venue is a great football environment with excellent facilities and not too far to travel, which was very important.
“The focus will be on fitness, making sure we all bond together and sharing ideas.
“It will be very hard work and we are confident that it will be the perfect way to prepare for the start of the new season.”