Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey spoke to Sky Sports for their weekly EFL Podcast, and opened up on the relationships he shares with his teammates, highlighting how close he has become to Jack Colback.
The 25-year-old made the move to Newcastle United from Swansea City in January 2016, for a fee believed to be in the region of £12 million, but didn't have the best of starts to life on Tyneside, as his team were relegated to the Championship just four months after he joined the club.
Things are looking much better this season, however, as Rafa's Revolution gathers momentum, and Shelvey has been an integral part of Newcastle's success thus far, dictating games from deep, and finally proving his true worth.
And the midfielder spoke to Sky Sports for their weekly EFL Podcast, responding to a question asking him who his closest friend in football is:
"Probably Jack Colback. Since I have come to the club he has been superb with me. We used to have a lot of rows on the pitch but we are always doing things together off it now."
With just six points separating the Tyneside outfit and third placed Huddersfield Town, promotion to the Premier League is by no means a foregone conclusion for Rafa's men.
From their final nine league opponents though, only Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United are currently inside the top seven.
So Shelvey and co will be quietly confident in their chances of gaining promotion back to the top flight.