The Newcastle squad arrived in Portugal on Wednesday. They are based at Braga’s training complex.
Joe Kinnear has brought in Faye Downey – who has worked with England’s rugby team – as a fitness consultant.
Steven Taylor: “Everyone’s going to watching us very closely after last year.
“We need a big season from everyone.
“The good thing is that everyone wants to prove themselves. No one is dropping out of sessions when they’re feeling a bit tight.
“They’re completing it. You can rest up afterwards.
“The discipline’s been spot on. A few things have changed, and the lads have bought into it. Hopefully, we’ll take that into the games.
“The good thing is that everyone’s kept themselves in good condition.
“With six weeks off, the players can only relax for a couple of weeks. You’ve got to spend the rest of the time keeping fit.
“Everyone’s come back in top shape. Sometimes one or two might come back overweight, but that hasn’t happened.
“Football’s changed massively. You’ve got to keep yourself ticking over, and have a good diet.
“Pre-season’s definitely harder than last year. We’re doing plenty of running. I’m enjoying it as well.
“After a difficult year, we want to hit the ground running.”
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Rio Ave (A) July 20
Pacos Ferreira (A) July 23
Blackpool (A) July 29
St Mirren (A) July 31
Braga (H) August 10
MOTHERWELL 2 NEWCASTLE 4 (Vuckic, Gouffran, Sissoko, Marveaux)
Elliot; Tavernier, Williamson (S Taylor, 46), Yanga-Mbiwa (Streete, 82), Dummett; Sissoko (Abeid, 68), Anita (Amalfitano, 82); Obertan (Ferguson, 74), Vuckic (Marveaux, 46), Sammy Ameobi (Richardson, 82), Gouffran (Campbell, 58).
Sub not used: Alnwick.