After being number one keeper since the last promotion, Tim Krul found things very different after this latest bounce back to the Premier League.
This summer saw the Dutch keeper totally sidelined and rarely, if ever, mentioned.
Still number one keeper until his injury in October 2015, Krul went to get fully fit and play some football on loan in Holland last season but things haven’t quite worked out for him on returning to St James Park.
The 16th of 16 departures, Tim Krul was confirmed as joining Brighton just minutes before the transfer window closed last night (see below).
Friday has seen the keeper pay tribute to the supporters he is now leaving behind.
Tim Krul via Twitter:
“To all the Geordies, I just want to say a massive thank you for your support over the last 11 years.
“You guys are the foundation of the club.
“It’s been an amazing an unforgettable journey.
“I arrived at Newcastle as a 17 year old boy and leaving as a man, with too many memories to mention.
“Thank you for making me feel like an adopted Geordie.
“I’m proud and honoured to have served this great club, you will always be in my heart.”
The Mag – 31 August 2017:
Tim Krul became the 16th and final player to leave Newcastle in this summer transfer window.
Just before the window shut, loan deals for Lazaar (to Benevento) and Tim Krul (to Brighton – see below) were announced.
Claims that Newcastle had any intention of backing Rafa Benitez with further signings in the later stages of the window proved as hollow as they could possibly be.
In the final 34 days of this transfer window, only one signing arrived, Joselu a bargain £5m buy after Rafa Benitez was blocked from bringing in the signings he wanted/needed.
Many Newcastle fans now dreading what may happen in the aftermath of this latest joke of a window under Mike Ashley.
Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, Joselu
Mikel Merino (loan)
Florian Thauvin, Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Murphy, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem De Jong, Grant Hanley
Adam Armstrong, Matz Sels, Ivan Toney, Achraf Lazaar, Tim Krul
Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Lubo Satka
Official Brighton announcement:
‘Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United.
The 29-year-old, who played under Albion manager Chris Hughton at St James’ Park, travelled down from the North East this afternoon and completed the deal at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening.
Krul has made 157 appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League and provides Albion with another option between the posts alongside summer signing Mathew Ryan and Niki Maenpaa.
The shot-stopper joined Ajax on loan last season, before switching to fellow Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for the remainder of the campaign, where he featured 16 times and helped them to a sixth-placed finish in Eredivisie.
Hughton said, “I know Tim from my time at Newcastle and he is an excellent professional that has a vast amount of experience at both club and international level.
“He’s played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League and his experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad.”
After beginning his career with Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Krul moved to Newcastle in the summer of 2005, before keeping a clean sheet on his his first-team debut against Palermo in the UEFA Cup the following year.
The Dutchman then won the Under-21 European Championships in 2007, after signing a new four-year contract with the Magpies.
Between 2007 and 2009, Krul spent time on loan at Falkirk and Carlisle United, before returning to Tyneside, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010 and ended the season as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Krul kept a clean sheet against Brazil on his international debut for Netherlands in 2011, and has made seven appearances for his country to date.’
Newcastle United official confirmation:
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal.
Krul, 29, has linked up with former Magpies boss Chris Hughton at the AMEX Stadium, where he will remain until the end of the Seagulls’ first season in the Premier League.
The Dutch international stopper – one of United’s longest serving players, having arrived at St. James’ Park in 2005 – also spent time out on loan at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar last season.
Krul, who has played 185 times for United, was part of Hughton’s Championship title-winning squad in 2010, during the Seagulls boss’ time on Tyneside.