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Steve Bruce breaks silence as pre-season plan announced

2 weeks ago
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Nothing had been heard from Steve Bruce since the final game of the season at Fulham, the NUFC Head Coach completing his media duties after the 2-0 win at Craven Cottage.

Nothing heard since that game on Sunday 23 May until today, four days before the Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season on Monday (5 July).

Quotes from Steve Bruce used today as Newcastle United finally announced that their pre-season training camp would once again be at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus, near York, same as pre-season 2020.

Plans to go to Portugal for pre-season having to be shelved due to virus restrictions / limitations.

I can’t remember a summer when Newcastle United have been so quiet, absolutely nothing from anybody in senior positions at the club. Even under Mike Ashley, previous years have seen at least some quotes fed to the media, usually from whoever is the manager / head coach at that particular time.

Only six weeks to go now until the new season and here’s hoping for some positive news in the very near future, particularly some much needed goals and creativity to be added to the current squad.

Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:

Sunday 18 July – York City away (2pm)

Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town away(2pm)

Friday 23 July – Doncaster Rovers away (7pm)

Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham United away (7pm)

Friday 30 July – Burton Albion away (7.45pm)

Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)

Newcastle United Official Announcement:

Newcastle United will return to the multi-million pound Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus in the Yorkshire countryside for a week-long training camp this month, as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

The Magpies visited the state-of-the-art complex for a week last summer, making use of the purpose-built sports facilities on-site – the result of a £30m redevelopment in 2016 – as well as facing Crewe Alexandra there in a friendly match.

There will be no game on the premises this time, but Steve Bruce’s side will gear up for their double-header with nearby York City and Harrogate Town on Saturday, 18th July, when the first-team squad will be split for the two matches.

United will head to Queen Ethelburga’s on Monday, 12th July, with Bruce and his players hugely impressed by the facilities last pre-season and their work there followed by a strong start to the Magpies’ Premier League campaign.

“I firmly believe that for any team it’s always vital to have a training camp away from the familiar surroundings of your training ground and once it became clear that the current Covid-19 restrictions would make travelling abroad extremely difficult, there was only one choice in my eyes,” said Bruce.

“The facilities at Queen Ethelburga’s are first class and I was delighted with everything last year, from the hotel accommodation to the pitches and everything in between, so we’re really looking forward to going back there.”

Founded in 1912, Queen Ethelburga’s is a prestigious independent day and boarding school set in more than 220 acres of country park.

Its state-of-the-art Sports Village includes top class full-size grass and artificial football pitches, a 25-metre swimming pool, four-lane running track and a modern and spacious fitness suite, as well as smaller-sized football pitches and cricket and rugby fields.

A dedicated Sports Science and Treatment Centre houses equipment ranging from underwater treadmills to cryotherapy cold spa baths, to help with rehabilitation and post-training recovery.

As well as offering Bruce and his players everything they could need to get their pre-season preparations under way, the campus activity centre also features an eight-metre climbing wall, an assault course, BMX track and additional tennis courts.

The camp will not be open to the public.

Amy Martin, Queen Ethelburga’s CEO, said: “Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is delighted to once again welcome Newcastle United players and staff to our school.

“We are fortunate to have some world class facilities on our site and a team of expert staff who will do all they can to help ensure a successful start to pre-season training for the club. We would like to wish Steve Bruce, his staff and players all the very best for the season ahead.”

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