Former NUFC number one Tim Krul has admitted that he has ‘no regrets’ swapping Tyneside for the South-Coast this summer despite his lack of game-time at Brighton so far, admitting that he ‘could not have made a better decision’.
The Dutchman spent several years at Newcastle, but a dip in form and several injuries meant he never nailed down a starting spot under Rafa Benitez, eventually seeing him sign for Chris Hughton’s Brighton on a permanent deal in September.
He’s made just one appearance for the Seagulls since moving down South, however Krul clearly has no regrets and has spoken to The Argus today, opening up about life since making the move to Brighton:
“It’s been easier than I expected,”
“Literally after two weeks I found a house for my little girl and family. They moved down straight away.
“The club did everything to sort things out and there’s no big timers. Everyone wants to help each other and everyone has one aim, staying in the league. It’s nice to be part of it.
“Ben Roberts is a top goalkeeping coach, so I really haven’t got any regrets.
“From what I’ve seen so far, 100 per cent. The facilities, the set up, the people, I could not have made a better decision, not only because it is six degrees warmer!”
In Krul’s defence, he’s not wrong in admitting that their facilities and weather are much better than that on Tyneside!
Considering he adopted a Geordie accent, having made 185 appearances for NUFC since arriving in the North-East as a 17-year-old, he appears to have made the transition to his new club and new area very well.
His only start has come in a League cup defeat at Bournemouth, with him being yet to start for Hughton’s side in the league, however he admits he is ready to take his chance when called upon:
“If the gaffer needs us or Mat (Ryan) got injured, I need to be ready and literally it can happen any second.
“If you look at other clubs, Ben Foster got injured (for West Brom), the No.2 got injured, it’s around the corner.
“It’s a different position for myself, because I’m used to playing week in, week out, but I feel fit, I feel great and I feel I’m getting better every day again.”
In fairness to Tim, he needed a move to kick-start his career – which had been going backwards for a few years due to injury and a subsequent dip in form.
He was a good servant of the club and his move to Brighton looks like one that has worked out well for all parties – provided he does actually get some minutes in the team some time soon.