Rafa Benitez has added Grant Hanley to his Newcastle squad.

Having said he was desperate to strengthen the centre-back position, the Newcastle boss finally landed his man at the third attempt after two failed bids.

Rafa Benitez describes Hanley as ‘a strong defender, who is fast and plays with passion’.

Mentioning that he is Captain of Scotland as well as Blackburn, Newcastle fans will wonder whether Rafa sees Grant Hanley as his skipper for the coming season.

Rafa Benitez message via his own website:

“After a period of negotiations, we can finally announce that Grant Hanley has joined our project- adding his skill and potential to our squad.

“It was clear that we needed another defender and we were seeking someone with enough experience in this position and, at the same time, a young player with potential who can improve and keep growing with us.

We are talking about a strong defender, who is fast and plays with passion. To add to this he is the captain of the Scottish National Team and is a player that who increases competitiveness in his position on the field, a key for any successful team.

“Meanwhile, we continue working and preparing for the great challenge that we are facing.

“Howay the Lads!”