Tim Krul is looking to put a disastrous 16 months behind him.

The Newcastle goalkeeper desperately needing a new opportunity after finding his way blocked at Ajax as it was made clear he wouldn’t be getting any first team football his season.

If Tim Krul had stayed at Ajax it could/would have meant him going 22 months without any first team football, which would have been a massive setback, especially as he now approaches his 29th birthday in April.

However, a three-way agreement on transfer deadline day saw Newcastle, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar agree that the goalkeeper would switch Dutch clubs until the end of the season.

Az’s Director of Football, Max Huiberts, said when you find yourself with the chance to sign a player of Krul’s quality ‘you should always go for it’.

Huiberts indicating that with the number of matches that lay ahead, Tim Krul should get plenty of opportunities.

As for the player himself, Krul says that AZ had so much confidence in him, that it made it an easy decision for him as well.

AZ are fifth in the league but still in the Europa League and domestic Cup competition, so who knows what silver lining the rest of the season could hold for the keeper.

Most important of all though, let’s hope his time at the Dutch club this season will help deliver a major asset back to Newcastle United this summer.

Tim Krul:

“AZ is a fantastic club.

“They are competing in all competitions with: Europa League, the (domestic) Cup and the League.

“When they called, I could hardly say no.

“The way they talked that had so much confidence in me, that I decided to come.

“I have been fit for a while but I have been unable to really show that yet. I hope to regain my old level. “

Director of Football Max Huiberts:

“It’s fantastic that we can get a keeper of Tim Krul’s qualities to AZ.

“Tim has proven to be a goalkeeper of international calibre.

“If you find yourself with such an opportunity, you should always go for it.

“With the crowded programme (of matches) we have ahead of us, we can use the experience of Tim Krul well. “