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Newcastle Goalkeeper Will Make Decision On His Future At End Of Season

7 years ago

A shake up in the Newcastle goalkeeper department looks certain at the end of the season.

The latest factor has been Rob Elliot declaring that he is fed up of being number two to Tim Krul and will see how many matches he gets this season before deciding on his future.

The signs are ominous for Elliot because Alan Pardew didn’t even give the reserve keeper a game when Newcastle traveled to Gillingham in the League Cup despite changing half of his outfield players.

That decision could well be taken out of Elliot’s hands anyway, as Freddie Woodman is progressing through the England ranks and Karl Darlow will be competing for the top spot after a loan season at Nottingham Forest.

The only possibility of Rob Elliot having a future at Newcastle would appear to be if Tim Krul were to leave, a nightmare scenario of the Dutch keeper leaving and Elliot staying by default. With Elliot’s contract running until June 2016,  it would appear likely that the club would also be looking for conclusion one way or the other, as they won’t want him running his contract down and leaving for nothing, though any transfer fee for Elliot would surely be negligible.

Rob Elliot speaking to The Telegraph;

“It (leaving Newcastle) does cross your mind, you get tines when you think ‘Right, I need to play’, that is the thing – the big thing for me.

“I love the club and anyone who’s been there knows what an amazing City it is, the fans are fantastic, but I want to play.

“I hope it’s at Newcastle but if it is not, then it is not.

“I think after this season, depending on how many matches I get, I will have to look at it and see what happens.

“My previous competitive match was in May with Ireland, it has been really tough and I have been frustrated.

“I want to play and don’t want the tag of being just a number two goalkeeper.

“I believe that I can play in the Premier League and want to try and push Tim Krul as much as I can.

“I have spoken to Alan Pardew and he knows and is fine about that, I have got a good relationship with him, but it is just a case of waiting for my opportunity. Last year was frustrating as I only got a few games.”


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