Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita admits he's feeling good about the new season

General view outside St James' Park

The Magpies are preparing for a year in the Championship.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action with Newcastle's Vurnon AnitaNewcastle's Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita has admitted that he feels good about Newcastle's upcoming season and is looking forward to starting again at St James' Park, the Chronicle reports.

Rafael Benitez's men are gearing up for life in the second tier. And while the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko remain intent on leaving (via Chronicle), there is a sense of optimism that is rarely found amongst teams that are looking to bounce back after relegation with several key men already committing to help the club get promoted.

Stoke's Bojan Krkic in action with Newcastle's Vurnon Anita as Daryl Janmaat (L) looks on

And despite playing Champions League football for his previous club Ajax, Anita has seemingly reiterated his desire to stay by discussing his excitement for the new campaign. 

"I feel good about the season ahead," he told the Chronicle.

"I am ready to start again and be an important player for the team.

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita in action with Swansea's Nathan Dyer

"I want to give my all for the team and the club. I want to be an important player for the team."

Managing to keep hold of players like Anita has arguably been a key reason why the Magpies have been able to put together arguably the strongest squad in the division.

Seeing players of his quality staying put may have been an important factor in convincing the likes of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle to drop down from the Premier League to join Newcastle as it would have made it clear to them that the club have the potential to do something special, and may actually benefit in the long-run by taking a couple of steps backwards.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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