Coloccini loving Toon life

The Argentine defender arrived on Tyneside in August 2008 and

suffered the heartache of slipping into the Championship during his

first season. Many expected him to be among those offloaded by the

Magpies as they attempted to cut costs ahead of an unwelcome spell

in the second tier. Coloccini stayed put, though, and helped the

North East outfit to bounce back into the Premier League at the

first time of asking. He claims that he was always happy to stick

with the Magpies and believes he is a better player now for the

experiences he has taken in during his time in England. “I suppose

some people may be surprised to see me still here,” Coloccini told

The Sun. “After all, it was very difficult playing in the

Championship. To go down with a big club like Newcastle was tough.

It wasn’t normal. “So it just felt right that we had to give

something back to the fans who had suffered. “Now we’re back in the

Premier League we can enjoy ourselves again. “I love playing for

Newcastle, that is why I wanted to stay. And also, looking at my

career, I believe it was a great experience for me to play in the

Championship. “Everything was new to me. I had played at the World

Cup, the Olympics but never in this division. “It was a real

learning curve and made me a better player. Yes, it’s great to play

in the Premier League, but perhaps it’s harder lower down. “You

have to concentrate more, be more humble. “In Argentina we have a

belief that if you go down with a team you must stay there and help

correct what has happened. “You take the club into your heart and

you need to come back.”