Rafa Benitez made clear that Tim Krul had no future at Newcastle United and the Dutch keeper left St James Park without playing a single first team game under the Spaniard.

Ahead of the Newcastle game at the Amex Stadium, came the surprise news that the loan deal had become a permanent one, now making Tim Krul eligible to play against Newcastle.

In the event, Krul had to be content with a place on the bench, as he watched his old club defeated.

Reflecting on his move, Tim Krul says ‘I had 11 beautiful years at Newcastle but I’m a Brighton player now’.

With 156 Premier League appearances for Newcastle, the 29 year old goalkeeper thinks he has ‘a good few years left’ to add to that total.

A strange ending to a Newcastle career that just over six years ago (2011/12) promised to be a potentially stellar one.

Tim Krul:

“I had 11 beautiful years at Newcastle, but I’m a Brighton player now, and I know I need to show everyone I’m back to where I was.

“That’s what I’m here for now, just to show that I’m ready if the gaffer needs me. I’d love to be back playing in the Premier League, but Maty’s [Ryan] a great goalkeeper.

“I love playing in England, I’ve always said that, and I want to stay playing in the Premier League for as long as possible.

“I’ve played almost 160 games in the Premier League and hopefully I can continue that with Brighton. I’m 29, so I’ve still got a good few years left in me.

“I was at Newcastle for 11 years and I loved my time there, but I’m looking forward to a new challenge and chapter in my career.”

Mathew Ryan:

“I was taken a little bit by surprise (by Merino volley early in game) and it seems to be the theme at the minute.

“I guess in England the defence tend to sit a lot deeper than what I have played with in the past.

“With a defender trying to block it, you don’t have a clear view on the ball, and everything happens so quickly.

“I just try to react and thankfully I was able to keep this one out, but the rest of the guys in front of me scrambled well and did a great job.

“I was just sort of there picking up the pieces. Rob Elliot made a fantastic save to keep it at 1-0 and we were really searching for that second one, but we got the three points, so happy days.

“Tim Krul is a great goalkeeper. In football, at the top leagues, you’re going to have competition for every spot.

“That’s what makes your team so competitive, and we’re all thriving off it. We all get along so well and keep pushing each other.”