Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot is beaming with pride after picking up the Chronicle Player of the Season award.
Newcastle United may have suffered an extremely disappointing relegation from the Premier League last season but as a small consolation, many associated with the club were delighted with the performances of goalkeeper Rob Elliot throughout the course of the campaign.
In the absence of the injured Tim Krul, Elliot put in a number of wonderful displays in goal and there is a common belief that if the 30-year-old had not picked up a cruel knee injury while on duty with the Republic of Ireland national team, Newcastle could well have avoided relegation.
Nonetheless, Elliot’s contribution was recognized after he picked up the club’s Player of the Year award last year and now the Irishman has been further felicitated with the Player of the Season gong handed out by the Chronicle.
Following the receipt of the award, Elliot stated that he was proud to have his efforts recognized and has thanked everyone associated with the club for the support he received during a difficult period with injury.
He said, “The season didn’t end how we wanted it to but I still think that standing here now and looking at the state the club is in, I am proud to win this.
“In tough times you have to really show character. It’s a nice personal honour and I want to say thanks to everybody, the fans and the Chronicle for the award. Everybody got behind me last season. It has really helped me push on at the club and set me up for a good career here.”