Ciaran Clark explains why competition is good at Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

The defender is a new signing at Newcastle this summer.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark has told the club’s official website that the competition for places is a good thing for the club.

The Magpies have been extremely busy this summer, adding eight new players to their squad so far.

Rafa Benitez has made a determined effort to improve across the pitch as he has added in several positions.

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal with team matesNewcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates

It means there is now competition for places in nearly every position, a situation that some players may not be too happy with.

Clark is not one of them though, instead insisting that the level of competition is good for them considering the number of games there are in the Championship.

"There's been three different pairings there already, so there's good competition," he told the club’s official website.

"But that's the same all over the squad. We have quality players and with the amount of games there are in this league it's a good thing for us.”

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Isaac HaydenNewcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Isaac Hayden

It will actually be interesting to see how that competition for places affects Clark himself.

The centre of defenced had long been a problem area for the Magpies, but Rafa Benitez has sought to fix that this summer by adding both Clark and Grant Hanley to his squad.

That means there is particularly fierce competition in that position, and it remains to be seen if Clark can earn himself a permanent place across the campaign.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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