Rolando Aarons lauds the impact of Newcastle's psychological preparation guru Steve Black

The Magpies winger feels the mental aspect of the game is often neglected.

Newcastle starlet Rolando Aarons has spoken of the impact of Magpies’ consultant Steve Black, in quotes published by the Chronicle Live.

Black is renowned within sport for his expertise on the psychological preparation of athletes - having worked with the likes of Johnny Wilkinson and the British and Irish Lions rugby team – and Aarons has praised his contribution at Newcastle.

“Steve is the happiest man alive,” said the 19-year old to the Chronicle.

“He is always smiling, and personally I have a great relationship with him… He helps me a lot. I like him.

“The mental side of sport is very important. People don’t know what goes on in our lives away from football, and it is hard to focus all the time.

“Steve is important for us in that, and he is doing a great job,” he added.

Black forms part of Steve McClaren’s back-room staff, in what has been a shake-up of proceedings at St James Park, and Newcastle fans will be hopeful the progressive changes translate to results on the pitch.

Key to that will be keeping hold of their main assets and promoting the likes of Aarons into more prominent roles, and Steve McClaren looks determined to do just that, based on the recent reports.

The Chronicle Live claimed that Newcastle had turned down a deal which would have seen QPR striker Charlie Austin arrive for £10 million with Aarons going the other way.

The deal was promptly rejected and is a measure of the high regard in which the speedy winger is held on Tyneside.

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