Newcastle's Karl Darlow has explained how tough it will be next season in the Championship
The 25-year-old explained how every club that visits St James' Park will treat it as their 'cup final', when speaking to The Chronicle:
“Clubs will come to St James’ Park and see it as their cup final. We need be aware of that."
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Newcastle's disastrous 2015/16 campaign ended in relegation, but there is renewed optimism in the North East following the confirmation of Rafa Benitez signing a long-term deal with the Magpies. Many of the Toon Army believe they are now in a stronger position to rebuild for their future, albeit in a division lower than their reputation merits.
Darlow knows exactly how tough the Championship is after a loan spell at Nottingham forest, and he highlighted the games against the men from the City Ground as stand-out fixtures:
“It’s football - you are always going to back to clubs you have been at before. We will just see what happens when I go there. I will be excited to play against them and hopefully we can do well against them.”
Carlow will face competition for his place when the injured Tim Krul returns to action
Darlow will have his work cut out if he is to keep his place as Newcastle's number one next season, what with the expected return from injury of Tim Krul.
With Rafa at the helm, Newcastle have every chance of reaching the promised land once again, but firstly, they must heed Darlow's advice, and be prepared for a tough battle, with teams raising the level of their game every time they play the Geordies.
Rafa has the full backing of the Toon Army