After the completion of his loan move to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, Tim Krul is set for a return to Tyneside on July 3rd for the start of pre-season training ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League return.
Following a dip in form and several problematic injuries, the 28-year-old has returned to full fitness in Holland after a frustrating few seasons and appears to be looking forward to his return to the North-East:
“It’s been a while – I’m looking forward to going back there after completing my loan at AZ.“
“I’ve been at Newcastle for 11 seasons. It’s part of my life – a massive part of my life.”
“My wife is from Newcastle. My little girl was born in Newcastle.”
“I’ve got more links to Newcastle than just football. That’s something to be massively proud of.”
Krul, who’s made 160 appearances for the Magpies since joining in 2006, then went on to discuss Rafa Benitez and the potential of Newcastle United moving forward:
“We’ve got a world-class manager, and Newcastle has massive potential,”
“That’s the chemistry that should work.”
“It’s not going to be easy, because the Premier League is a different story, but there’s a positive vibe with the fans fully behind the club again.”
“With the right additions, they could be a force, because the team spirit they have now is like what we had when we got promoted. That kick-starts you in the Premier League.”
I’ve always been fond of Tim’s character and spirit, and over large periods he’s been very capable goalkeeper for us too, but his future at the club is uncertain.
With Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, Matz Sels and Freddie Woodman all on our books, Rafa Benitez has some big decisions to make in the goalkeeping department this summer.
With just 1 year left on his current contract, it remains to be seen wether Krul will be at the club come August, but if he could retain his fitness and re-find his best form, he’s a player and character worth holding on to.