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Exclusive Interview With Tim Krul

8 years ago
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This issue features an exclusive interview with fit again Tim Krul. Our number one keeper reckons he has taken on a bit of the ‘Geordie Mentality’, we’ll take that as a compliment!

These are a few snippets from the full magazine interview.

A lot of Dutch players have a reputation for having big egos but you seem quite laid back, apart from when you are talking to your defence?

Having been here eight years, to be honest I think have taken on a bit of the Geordie mentality. It has been great and my parents make me keep down to earth.  I also think this manager has done a good job as well because he has always said ‘you are my number one and you have to keep proving that, you are never completely safe in your position’ and I think you need that. You can play a ‘worldy’ game and then you come home and my dad or my girlfriend will be the first one to say ‘back to a normal life’.

As a goalkeeper is patience the most important quality as you only have one position to go for?

For me patience is the main word as to why I’m still here really but my main breakthrough was when we got back to the Premier League and Harps got his shoulder injury. It is massive waiting for your chance, I went on loan to Scotland (Falkirk) and Carlisle. Some people will say ‘what did you do in Scotland?’ but for me that was a huge experience, I was eighteen or nineteen at the time and I think it was one of the best things I could have done.

So seeing football at a more grass roots level helped you develop?

I think the most important thing is having to buy your own lunch! Paying five pounds of your own money and seeing the other side of football because here we are very well looked after at Newcastle, going to these places and seeing people putting in proper graft to look after their families in the lower leagues, I really enjoyed that.

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