It has been a nightmare few years for Tim Krul.
Back in October 2015 he was still unopposed as the established Newcastle United number one keeper in the Premier League and a regular in the Holland squad.
Then on 10 October 2015 it all changed.
Getting a rare first team game in a European Championships qualifier for Holland, 81 minutes into the match he suffered a freak ACL knee ligament injury.
A long recovery job and then the first half of 2016/17 Rafa sent him to Ajax on loan, where they didn’t give him a single competitive match.
When January 2017 came, all parties agreed he would break from his year-long Ajax loan and instead go to AZ, he struggled at times but at least got plenty of matches.
Last summer Rafa Benitez made clear he didn’t fit in has plans and with a year left on his contract, went to Brighton on loan initially, before later confirming that he had cut his ties with Newcastle permanently.
However, Australian international Mathew Ryan had been brought in as number one and due to his form, Tim Krul didn’t get a single minute in the Premier League and was restricted to a handful of cup appearances.
Krul has now left Brighton and is a free agent, desperate for regular club football once again.
His last league football in England remains the game against Man City at the Etihad on 3 October 2015, Mitro putting Newcastle in the lead before Man City put six goals past Tim Krul in a 20 minute spell.
However, there is now reported to be competition for his signature, clubs abroad interested but with the keeper claimed to be wanting to stay in England, it looks like he will have to drop down to the second tier.
HITC Sport report that their information is that both Reading and Bristol City want to sign the former Newcastle goalkeeper.
Wherever he ends up, hopefully Tim Krul can get his career back on track.