Steve Bruce issues Newcastle United pre-season update

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Newcastle United are considering an overseas training camp.

The Peterborough Telegraph this week reported that the club had lined up a friendly against Peterborough United, promoted to the Championship this season, in Portugal this summer.

Bruce – who said earlier this month that Newcastle’s pre-season plans were “in place” – says the club is considering two options.

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Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle United’s head coach said: “We’re still talking. I would think if we went away, there wouldn’t be any games – it wouldn’t be wise to play games, and have people travelling. We’re looking at a couple of camps – one in this country, and one in Portugal.”

Newcastle have already announced pre-season games against York City and Harrogate Town on July 18. The squad will be split for the two fixtures. Newcastle had a pre-season training camp in York last summer, and didn’t play any public friendlies due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Steve Bruce speaks to the media during the club's pre-season tour of China in 2019.