Rob Elliot signs five year deal at Newcastle

Five year deal for Eliot
Newcastle United have announced that they had completed the signing of 25-year-old goalkeeper Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

He too like recent acquisition Davide Santon has put pen to paper on a five year contract. In fact Elliot has become Pardew’s seventh signing of the summer.

Quite where Elliot is going to fit in I’m not so sure about but the message with this signing is that he will find himself on the bench for match days. It seems as if with Forster off on loan and the disappearance of Steve Harper that the club have acted to bring someone in to fill that void.

Rob Elliot signed his first professional deal with Charlton Athletic in 2004 and made 109 appearances for the London side. A number of these appearances came during Alan Pardew’s tenure as manager. During his career Elliot has spent time on loan at Bishop’s Stortford, Notts County and Accrington Stanley.

Speaking of his arrival, Elliot said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of joining a club like Newcastle United. This is a huge club and a huge opportunity for me to learn from two of the best keepers in the division.”


He continued by stating: “Newcastle are probably the best-supported club in the country, and one of the best in the world. That connection which the Club has always had with the fans, and the way the team has started the season, made it a bit of a no-brainer. It was hard because Charlton were my boyhood club, but when you have the chance to play in the Premier League and for one of the biggest clubs then you can’t turn that down.”

From the above statements it is clear that Rob Elliot understands the passion the fans have for the club and highlights that he knows Newcastle is a big club. Perhaps the move made sense for the player himself seen as he had previously worked with Alan Pardew. It certainly seems like he had no hesitation in joining the North-East club.

Elliot may find himself involved in cup games at the moment as Tim Krul has clearly shown that he is our number one goalkeeper for Premier League games so the opportunities for him may be limited this season but I’m sure he will add strength in depth to our squad. It would take a lot for Tim Krul to have the number one shirt usurped by Elliot. But no doubt we will at some time to get to see this lad in action for Newcastle United.

Welcome to the Toon Rob Elliot!

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57 thoughts on “Rob Elliot signs five year deal at Newcastle

  1. What a horrible horrible sigingign the amount of effort used on getting him could have been used elsewere. Not goin to be 2 negative but rob elliot can f**k right of.

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  2. As there’s next to nowt in the way of detailed Maiga profiles on tinternet, I asked a few of the journos who cover Ligue 1 for their opinions on twitter.

    Here’s their responses –

    Thomas Sessegnon (writer for Ligue1offside, Ligue1talk)

    “He’s good in the air, technically gifted, plays well with a strike partner.”

    Jonathan Johnson (Le Gossip – columnist for Sky Sports)

    “He is creative and an opportunist.Versatile; plays all over the front and consistent, mostly due to his teammates last season

    Downsides: He has a massive ego and I feel he is overvalued. IMO he was great last season because of his teammates. Could gave been anybody scoring those goals with that service…”

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  3. Cissie rumors are picking up that we may go for another bid tbh.. Maiga/cissie and macheda on loan will be quite good although I am worried that both of our striker targets are african along with ba . They will be gone in jan for the nations cupp so if we get one of maiga and cissie sstill thinkwe will get macheda unless the club plans on doing business in jan.

    Although knowing us macheada will come on in loan and pardew will drop some nonsense about how he will try again in jan and I’ll say it now iif we get gibson I’m not going to be happy at all

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  4. Agreed mate, would be excited with the Cisse transfer if we can indeed pull it off. Papers are reporting that we’ve made a 10m bid that was rejected and we’re about to make another. Hope we can pull it off, he’s a top striker and has a better record than Demba Ba.

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  5. I really don’t know why mike ashely insistss on payin all cash for transfers upfront. I’m sure if we were to make bbidds for a player and have 1-2 mil added on then it would make things a lot easier on us. There was news how lyon would have accepted 8 mil upfront and 2 mil via add ons for cissoko who I still think would have been much bbetter than santon or pieters

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  6. Cant see a problem with this signing. Obviously the club dont see Harper lasting much longer and i think this lad has been brought in as competition for Soderburg for number 2.

    More depth to the squad, cant see whats to complain about?

    Striker now please!!!!

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  7. nufctilliminhell, I reckon Elliot is only cover at no2 for Krul, some rumors over the last few day’s that Harper’s knee’s are fooked and he’s on his way out. So if thats the case then not bad for cover me thinks. …….exciting day for transfers etc today!! ….please get a striker in Owlheed!!!

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  8. Well, a decent striker and I couldnt complain. Got the feeling we’re only gonna get someone in on loan…

    Ideally we still need a left back and striker allowing Santon to play on the right.

    But still that left back can wait till January. Get a striker in… Cisse would be great.

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  9. I thought it was us who wanted to have add ons and they wanted straight cash NUFC.

    Still who cares, I think the policy of paying up front for deals is a good way to go and I am very happy that we will have a club to support when the financial regs come in and clubs get shafted.

    On a side not, if Brian Luiz is worth £10 million, why dont we try and hijack that deal? And is he really worth the same as £10million Crouch?! And is Bruce really seriously going to offload Gyan and bring in Crouch instead?! Is he mad?! I think the guy is trying to bring them down from within. 10 new players and hes after more its amazing.

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  10. Richie,

    The ANC is only one month. The only one of our players likely to get past the quarters is Tiote. So we’d only miss Cisse and Ba for about two games.

    Wouldnt stress though, there’s no way on earth we’re after him at that price. We wont pay more than 8mil for anybody up front.

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  11. Only one month!! how many games will we have in that month? what if Best was injured then? games in one month can be the difference between staying up or not, going throught to the next round of a cup competition. It might be unlikely they’d go through but not impossible. We could be just left with Shola…..unless he plays for Nigeria ….all hypothetical of course 😉

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  12. Tbh at this stage I would play santon on right and would be more than happy to get bridge on loan until next summer where hoepfully we will be in a better postion to get cissoko/peiters

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  13. Interesting twist in Darnell Situ chase. Swansea now rivalling #NUFC – seems they are favourites for Lens man now… #deadlineday
    Twitter for iPhone • 31/08/2011 08:22

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  14. No I thought its £10.6million fee agreed but not signed yet. So in theory we could put in a counter offer and he takes his pick of club.

    I would love Pards to try and get Hargreaves too. Him, Tiote and Cabaye in the CM area for us would be amazing. I really rate Hargreaves and if nothing else hope he comes back somewhere and is a success as I think England need him going forward.

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  15. Is swansea get situ tha will be a joke just like if fulham get giganc on loan why are we not trying to ?

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  16. Think its pretty clear that all is not well with Harper and his knees. Shame, but he said himself that they are dodgy and that if he had to retire it would probably be because of them.

    I suppose looking at it like that it makes sense to get another keeper in.

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  17. Feel bad for harps. Great servant to the club. I hope he can get involved with coaching.

    So is striker the only position we’re looking to fill today? I would honestly like to see another defender or 2 come in, Situ being one of them

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  18. Scott Dann must be over the moon…

    Linked to big clubs all summer then the only ppl that want him are Blackburn.

    I’d stay at Birmingham!

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  19. …..hey lads sorry this is off topic but m8 posted this joke on facebook and I’ve just pissed mesel!!!
    A man and his four year old son are talking, when his son asks him “Dad, what does a pussy look like?” The Dad confused, asks him ” before or after sex?” The kid says “Ummm before sex” So the dad says to him “Well have u ever seen a beautiful red rose with soft red peddles.” “yeah” says the son.”well what about after sex” he says to his dad. His dad replies ” Have you ever seen a bulldog eating mayonnaise”
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  20. Hitman bet Bendtner’s thrilled with that potential move – mind you Stoke or Mackems it’s a no brainer

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  21. Hi Guys, a little background on Rob Elliot. Andy Woodman, rather than Pardew, is the likely driving force behind this deal. Elliot made just the one appearance for Pardew, coming on as a sub for Nicky Weaver at Plymouth when Weaver got an early red card. Elliot was outstanding on a windy day & looked certain to keep his place for the following game. Pardew had other ideas & recalled Darren Randolph from a loan stint at Bury. Pardew later explained that there were issues with Elliot’s fitness. Rob will tell you himself that he has to watch his weight but he returned as lean as he’s ever been this summer.

    Following Pardew’s sacking Phil Parkinson lost patience with Weaver and Elliot has, more-or-less, been fist pick ever since. A terrific shot stopper, he does pick up more injuries than most keepers & can be suspect with long range shots. Woodman will probably want to work on the marshalling of his back four too, Rob is not the most vocal of keepers.

    I would have thought you guys would have bought him as cover but 5 years is a staggering contract for a back-up keeper. Then again, 5-and-a-half-years was a staggering contract for Pardew!!

    Hope it works out for both you & Rob.

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  22. david graig..the tool…said he was up at 4-30 am and newcastle phoned him..2 see if he was up..and he ends up at sunderland outside for sky…

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  23. Hitman, really? SSN said he was on his way to mackems.
    Gutted if he goes there, or even to Stoke.

    I’m hoping that we are concentrating elsewhere, if we miss out on him.

    Apparently Man City have to sell due to the 25 man squad rule.
    Cheeky bid for Kompany? 🙂

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  24. Scratch all that, just saw the announcement on SSN twitter. Seems their twitter people and their TV people aren’t joined up on this one. 🙂

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  25. and Barnetta & Pieters, plus of course a marquee signing and somebody nobody has heard of. Thats six more still to come in.

    That do you Johno ??

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  26. I’m off work all this week and today is killing me. Rather I was at work to keep my mind off this stupid deadline day. Love it! 😀

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  27. Ridgewell speaks english dosen’t he ? So can read the fine details of the contract. Will never happen

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  28. Premandup says:
    August 31, 2011 at 09:54
    and Barnetta & Pieters, plus of course a marquee signing and somebody nobody has heard of. Thats six more still to come in.

    That do you Johno ??

    Perfect 🙂

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  29. Johnotoon: this one from the Chronicle’s live blog 🙂 :

    9:58
    Comment From ichrisho
    Balotelli to NUFC on loan with view to buy – best friend of Santon and one of the reasons he came here… now there is a rumour…

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  30. KETTS @ 32

    Thanks for the info. mate – much appreciated. Always good to read something from someone who knows what they’re talking about.

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