Rob Elliot has been announced as the Newcastle United player of the year.

The Irish international was chosen by members of NUDSA (Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association), to receive their award.

Rob Elliot got his chance when Tim Krul picked up a long-term injury when on international duty and went on to impress, making 21 Premier League appearances last season, compared to only 14 over the course of the previous four seasons.

Ironically, Elliot himself was then flattened by a long-term injury when away with Ireland.

However, this week NUFC goalkeeping coach Simon Smith revealed that Rob Elliot is now going to step up his training as he tries to get back and compete with Matz Sels and Karl Darlow for the first team shirt.

Newcastle United announcement:

Rob Elliot has been named as the Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association’s player of the season for 2015/16.

The goalkeeper collected his award at the NUDSA presentation night on Wednesday – the latest of several trophies following an excellent personal campaign.

Coming into the team following an injury to Tim Krul, the former Charlton man put in some great performances and was given his award by NUDSA’s Jackie Smith.

He follows in the footsteps of the likes of Alan Shearer, Shay Given, James Milner, Habib Beye, Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Jack Colback in winning the award.

NUDSA was formed in September 1998 to represent the interests of the disabled supporters of Newcastle United.’