Rob Elliot says that he is aiming to be first choice at Newcastle long-term.
Having accepted he had no chance of playing first team football after being shuffled back to third choice, Elliot hopes to take advantage of injuries to Tim Krul and Karl Darlow.
However, you would assume that he hadn’t totally given up on the idea of getting a chance sometime, with the club revealing last weekend that Rob Elliot had signed a new long-term contract last season.
With the fans expecting him to be released this coming summer, it was bewildering to hear that Newcastle had given Elliot a new contract and also a mystery as to why they had kept it quiet for so long.
With Freddie Woodman making great strides and expected to come through in the medium to long-term, Rob Elliot has got his chance for now.
A bit like Jak Alnwick last season, Elliot has now got his window of opportunity before Karl Darlow is fit again, with estimates of towards the end of November when he’ll return.
Let’s hope this goalkeeping surprise episode has a happier outcome than what a shellshocked Jak Alnwick experienced.
“We know Tim is not going to play again this season, then there’s Karl (Darlow), Freddie (Woodman) and myself, so I have just got to try and stake my claim, hopefully be the guy the manager wants to put in every week.
“I am just taking it one step at a time. I am still technically in rehab, back after 10 months (out with thigh injury) and played an Under-21 game, I am just pleased to get through the game unscathed.
“The thigh feels good and we go again. The most important thing for me is making every opportunity count playing for a club like this.
“When you think you’re not going to play again and you then do, you just realise what a special thing it is. I am hoping to add to that against Sunderland too.”