Ciaran Clark believes it was a job well done by everybody connected with Newcastle United last season.

The centre-back thinks the final 10th place position was ‘unbelievable’ after promotion.

Ciaran Clark was first choice for most of the season until picking up a knock in the February 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Florian Lejeune came in alongside Jamaal Lascelles and the rest is history, beating Man Utd and Rafa relying on pretty much the same eleven for the rest of the season, Clark and others watching from the bench.

The Irish international says the challenge now has to be to ‘improve on what we’ve done’.

Whilst Chancel Mbemba is set to move out shortly, centre-back is one of Newcastle’s strongest positions, with Lejeune, Lascelles and Clark available.

The NUFC squad regroup for pre-season on Monday 2 July which is in 20 days time and Ciaran Clark says he is ‘looking forward to coming back and cracking on again.’

Interesting to see who Rafa Benitez adds and takes away from his squad by the time the transfer window shuts at 5pm on Thursday 9 August.

Ciaran Clark talking to the official club site:

“If you had offered us that (at the start of the season, a lot of us wouldn’t have believed it to be honest.

“We knew it was going to be tough coming into the season.

“We obviously believed in our ability but to finish in the top ten at the end of it was unbelievable.

“It’s been a massive effort throughout the whole club – not just the players on the pitch but the staff, all around the ground and all around the training ground, and everyone involved with Newcastle.

“The fans have travelled home and away and it’s been a massive help to everyone. The support was unbelievable and it was a massive club effort.

“We always believed in our ability; sometimes we went through rough stages and tough spells but we always believed we’d come out of it and turn it round, by keeping doing what we were doing and what we were practising on the training pitch.

“Everyone put a massive effort in. It was a long season but it’s where we wanted to be – to be in the Premier League, playing against the best teams and best players in the world.

“It was up and down but our aim was just to get as many points on the board as possible and compete against the teams that were around us. We managed to do that and we finished up in tenth place, which was unbelievable for us.

“The aim now is we want to improve on what we’ve done.

“Hopefully we can do that next season, but everyone right now is enjoying their break, and looking forward to coming back and cracking on again.”