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Josef Yarney watching Jamaal Lascelles closely

Yarney told NUFC TV: “For a young lad like me going up there, it’s not just training, it’s a chance to impress and a chance to get better, being around all the lads and top quality players. The tempo is higher, the professionalism is higher, and everyone is doing the right things at the right time. That can bring me on leaps and bounds as a player. Being around Jamaal and players like that – for me as a centre back, it’s great to be around people like that. I was watching the way he’s been with the lads and the staff, and the way he plays, the way he leads the team, and also a lot of the other lads too. You see where he’s come in a short space of time, and he's getting linked with coming into the England squad now, so it’s a good motivation.

“I thought it was a very positive season considering I didn’t play many games the season before when I was at Everton, so it was nice to get a lot of games. I think at the end of the season we played something like eight games in 21 days, but I enjoyed that. Last season was my first season at the club – I was coming in and I was new. I’ve been here for a year now, and everyone knows what I’m capable of and what I can do, and where I can be. I just wanted to come here and show what I could do, and put a positive thought in people’s minds about me.

“I think it’s always a big chance when you go with the first team and you’re going to be around the manager and the staff. You can always make a good impression on people. Hopefully I can go up there and impress, and then you never know. I’ll go from there and see where I’m at at the end of pre-season.”

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