By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Defender Steven Taylor believes the current international break will do United's squad the world of good.
After a gruelling start to the season, which saw five games in 15 days - including a fixture in Athens - those Newcastle players not representing their countries have had a couple of days off, and will undertake a day of team bonding on Thursday.
What that entails, nobody knows yet, but long-serving Taylor told nufc.co.uk it is a great chance for the players to recharge their batteries following four points and Europa League qualification in the opening weeks.
"The lads need it," said the Academy graduate.
"With playing European football on top of the Premier League games, it gives us a chance to get our legs ready and refresh ahead of the next match.
"Team bonding could be anything - a golf day, paintballing or anything like that. I don't know.
"The gaffer will surprise the boys and it should be good. As long as everyone is together then that's the main thing.
"It's what Newcastle United is all about - team spirit.
"We keep touching upon that. Last year we were a very tight unit. We are a small squad, we realise that, but if we stick together then we won't go far wrong.
"It's a massive honour for the lads who are going away to play for their country.
"But it's great for the rest of us to recover and if there are any little niggles or anything like that, then it gives people time to get back."