Newcastle's Vurnon Anita
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.
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.
"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 Benitez