Kenedy believes he can be even better second time around
Written by Dan King
Kenedy insists he can be even better for Newcastle United than he was last term after signing a season-long loan deal at St. James' Park.
The Brazilian winger joined the Magpies on loan in January and played a big role as Rafa Benítez's side climbed away from the bottom three to eventually finish tenth in the Premier League.
But his lack of first-team opportunities with Chelsea meant that when he arrived, he was not fully match-fit.
This time around, however, he has linked up with Newcastle in time to fly out for the club's training camp in Ireland, meaning he should be able to hit the ground running when the 2018/19 campaign starts next month.
And, in his exclusive first interview with NUFC TV, the 22-year-old admitted: "Now it's better because I've had time to do a pre-season.
"I can work hard and, like last season, we have a good group. The guys are together and fight for the results but now I have more time to prepare with them and I know them better.
"I expect, with my team-mates, to do a very good season. I'll give everything on the pitch and do my best.
"It's a new challenge, a new season and a new opportunity. And I'm so motivated to make it like last season.
"I'm focused and prepared. Now I have the opportunity to prepare properly, from the beginning, to be ready for the big games to come.
"The Premier League is a big competition and it's a new beginning for me at the club."
Kenedy made 13 appearances last season, scoring twice, and was a huge hit with the Newcastle supporters.
And he told NUFC TV: "I'm so happy to come back to my second home.
"When the club showed an interest in me again and the call came, as the Brazilian expression goes, O bom filho à casa torna: the good son will always come home.
"It's a club I identified with quickly. Everybody here treated me so well and I feel so good. It feels like family, it feels like home, so that's why I say it feels like my second home.
"I aim to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch and keep the work going from the season before."
"It's a new challenge, a new season and a new opportunity. And I'm so motivated to make it like last season."