Coloccini wants same again

Newcastle captain keen to replicate fifth-placed finish

Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle captain hoping for more of the same next season

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Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is hoping for more of the same next season after an impressive campaign for the Magpies.

Alan Pardew led the St James' Park outfit to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, securing Europa League qualification in the process.

And the 30-year-old defender, who signed a new four-year deal in March, is hoping Pardew's men can reach the same heights again.

Coloccini said: "I enjoyed it, especially because we got qualification for the Europa League. For me that was very important.

"Overall, it was a consistent season. I think a lot of teams found it tough to beat us and that was important. Next season, we will try and do the same."

Coloccini's performances won him a place in the Professional Footballers' Association's Premier League team of the year.