Newcastle United have agreed new contracts with two stars, each for very different reasons.
Tim Krul has signed up until the end of June 2018, whilst 19 year old striker Adam Armstrong is now contracted to NUFC until end of June 2020.
With Tim Krul still not yet at full fitness after an injury picked up 10 months ago, he has signed a one year loan deal with Ajax but at the same time extended his Newcastle contract by one season to ensure Newcastle pick up a fee IF he is sold.
History tells us though to never assume anything with Newcastle United and if Krul returns this season to his form of 2011/12, why wouldn’t NUFC want him to return permanently?
It is a different story of course with Adam Armstrong, rewarding the striker for his startling progress – scoring 20 goals in his first season of first team football (at Coventry on loan), whilst at the same time securing his long-term future at the club.
The concussions suffered by Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic have almost certainly extended this season’s stay at St James Park by one more game – but it looks a certainty that after Brighton on Saturday, Adam Armstrong will be off once again to cause havoc at another League One club, or possibly Championship one.
Good luck to both players, even though they are set to play their football elsewhere this season!
Newcastle United Official Statement on Tim Krul:
‘Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined Ajax on loan until the end of the season, after signing a one-year contract extension at St. James’ Park.
The 28-year-old has agreed to remain a Magpies player until the summer of 2018 but will spend the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign with the Dutch giants, as he continues his recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, suffered last October.
Krul joined Newcastle from ADO Den Haag in the summer of 2005, aged 17, and made his first team debut in November 2006, putting in a man-of-the-match performance at Palermo in the UEFA Cup.
After loan spells at Falkirk and Carlisle United, the stopper eventually established himself as a key part of United’s squad and was made first choice goalkeeper ahead of the 2011/12 season.
Eight-cap Netherlands international Krul has made 185 appearances in all competitions during his time on Tyneside.’
Newcastle United Official Statement on Adam Armstrong:
‘Teenage striker Adam Armstrong has signed a new four-year contract at St. James’ Park.
The 19-year-old, who scored 20 goals while on loan at Coventry City last season, was called up for England’s under-20 squad on Thursday ahead of their friendly against Brazil next month.
And in the evening, he put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him with his boyhood Club until 2020.
Armstrong, who made his Premier League debut as a 17-year-old against Fulham in March 2014, said: “I’m over the moon.
“I’ve been working hard on the training pitch and I did well last season, so to get the reward is massive for me and I think it’s the next step.
“I went on loan last season and for me to come back here and extend my contract is brilliant for me and for my family.
“I’ll keep working hard every day and progress.”