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!