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.

  • Rich Lawson

    I always rated him,he was undone by a bad injury.I hope he gets a decent club and regains some form.I didn’t like the way he had to train with the stiffs toward the end,good luck to him.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    When he first came to Newcastle he lived in Monkseaton and used to pop in the Black Horse to watch the matches on T.V. and was a very quiet lad. Hopefully will have enough money behind him not to worry about his future if he is forced to retire.

    • Ram Kishore

      He was the most consistent performer for our club until his injury and he was rightly made one of the best paid lads..He has enough money don’t worry

    • Chuck D

      Except he lived in Jesmond Park West!! This is fact

  • Илья Иванов

    Glad he’s staying in England. Nice lad and nice servant for the club. Hope he will get his lack back.

  • Weyhhadaway

    Krul always gave 100% despite some of the dubious defenses in front of him and was a good keeper. He did nearly get me beaten up when he came on for the penalties in the world cup and I said Holland had it from here, I was in a bar full of Costa Ricans so that wasn’t the smartest move, LOL.

    He deserves to get back to his best, If he does then someone is getting a real bargain. good luck mate.

  • robbersdog

    Very good keeper, still only 30 – he’d be a great signing for an ambitious Championship club.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Krul like Thauvan was treated poorly by our club and i hope a decent championship club gives him a shot as i am sure injury aside he wont let them down .

  • Mirandinha9

    Had a lot of respect for him until that derby defeat at 5under1and when he foolishly decided to pat Defoe on the back and have a laugh with him after he had volleyed past him and out 5under1and 1-0 up. Goodness, did he not understand the importance of that fixture? (he had played in several derbies before). Can you imagine Roy Keane patting a rival opposition player on the back and saying ‘Well done!’.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I think you need to ask Tim & Defoe what was said. The polite summary had Time saying Defoe was a Spawny get.