Newcastle's longest serving player has hailed the unity and togetherness of the current squad.
He told The Journal: "I have never known a dressing room which has been so good before and it was fantastic to be a part of that last season. The spirit was tremendous and that played a huge part in allowing us to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
"We get on well, on and off the pitch as a group, and it was a special thing to be a part of. I've been around a long time and it really was. It was the best time I've had as a Newcastle player in that respect."