Wednesday 1 July sees the great and the good converging on the Newcastle United training ground.
The first day of pre season training, with the Newcastle United squad, Steve McClaren and his coaching staff all gathering for the first time.
Bizarrely, despite numerous media reports Ian Cathro has agreed to be McClaren’s assistant and that Paul Simpson will be taking up first team coaching duties, there has been no official confirmation by the club as yet.
So it will be interesting to see exactly who on the non-playing side is revealed to have been there today.
As for the players, we make it that Newcastle United have 40 contracted professionals, or 41 if Sammy Ameobi has offered the new contract offered to him, his old one running out at midnight yesterday.
The following 25 players have all started at least one Premier League match for Newcastle:
Mehdi Abeid, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong, Gael Bigirimana, Remy Cabella, Papiss Cisse, Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson
Then we have the two who signed last summer but returned to Nottingham Forest for a season’s loan:
Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles
Then finally 13 other players who as yet haven’t started a Premier League match for NUFC, including Rolando Aarons:
Rolando Aarons, Dan Barlaser, Curtis Good, Alex Gilliead, Kevin Mbabu, Macaulay Gillesphey, Tom Heardman, Olivier Kemen, Callum Roberts, Lubo Satka, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry, Freddie Woodman
Signed new contract?:
Players such as Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko aren’t expected to be there today after being offered extra time off due to international commitments this summer.
The big question of course is when we’ll see additions to those above, with the Newcastle board meeting today to ‘discuss transfers’.