Tim Krul has released a statement only hours after Newcastle’s final match of the season.

The Dutch keeper says that he is ‘still finding it hard to come to terms what has happened this season’, in terms of both his own personal circumstances and a second relegation under Mike Ashley’s leadership.

Tim Krul says that the fact his injury situation meant he couldn’t in the relegation fight was ‘devastating’.

However, Krul does see some room for optimism moving ahead.

The Newcastle goalkeeper confirms that his recuperation is still on track to be back for the start of next season, saying that he has made ‘big strides’ in the last seven days and is now training outside under the supervision of the physio and keeping coach Simon Smith.

With now only 82 days until the Championship kicks off, Tim Krul says ‘everyone at the club will be fighting to get Newcastle United back into the Premier League’…a statement that most fans would doubt very much, as we wait and see which players are the first to jump ship and look after themselves.

As for the goalkeeping situation, Karl Darlow is in place at the minute and it will be a close run thing to see if Tim Krul is ready for pre-season training and joining in with the rest of the squad, whilst for Rob Elliot it is set to be some time into the season when he is back in contention.

Tim Krul via his Twitter account:

Yesterday was a great result for the club in what has been an otherwise incredibly frustrating and disappointing season both for the club and me personally.

“I am still finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened this season and it’s been devastating for me that I haven’t been able to help us sustain our Premier League status due to injury.

“On a personal level, over the past week or so I have been making big strides in the right direction by training outside with the physio and goalkeeping coach as I continue towards full fitness.

The fans have been incredible and deserve success. Everyone at the club will be fighting to get Newcastle United back into the Premier League where it belongs.”