Newcastle United have now confirmed a third pre-season friendly, with Vitesse Arnhem visiting St James Park..

The friendly was first reported in the Dutch media two weeks ago and United now confirm the friendly will kick off at 3pm on Saturday 30 July, a week before the Championship kicks off.

Newcastle already have confirmed pre-season fixtures away at Bohemians (16 July) and Doncaster (20 July).

Rafa Benitez has stated that he hopes to fit in between five and seven games before the season kicks off, though time is tight with now only six weeks until the campaign kicks off on the weekend of Saturday 6 August.

Fixtures were released on 22 June, then players start reporting back for pre-season training on 28 June, before a training camp in Ireland from 9 July to 16 July, concluding with that friendly v Bohemians.

Vitesse Arnhem finished 9th in the Dutch league last season and recent parted company with their Manager Rob Maas, as well as his assistant Jon Dahl Tomasson. The former Newcastle striker now taking up the job as assistant manager of the Danish national team.