Those are not my words but the words of new goalkeeper Rob Elliot, signed from Charlton Athletic last Tuesday.
Rob Elliot – delighted to be at Newcastle
We’re not sure why we need a third goalkeeper at Newcastle, since we didn’t have three last season, with Fraser Forster out on loan at Celtic, like he is again this season.
But we think with Steve Harper’s knee playing up again, that Alan Pardew wanted a third experienced goalkeeper he could count on, and it seems he didn’t think 20 year-old Swede, Ole Soderberg, was quite ready for the first team.
It seems Rob will be on the bench next Monday night at Loftus Road, where a win against Joe Barton’s team, QPR, would make it four wins in a row for the Magpies, and when was the last time we achieved that?
We watched Rob’s interview on nufcTV after he arrived on Tuesday, and in that interview he said he thought Newcastle fans were the best in the world, and it seemed he couldn’t quite believe he was now at Newcastle.
It seems that he had never dreamed of playing for a club as big as Newcastle in his career, but it was a great interview to watch if you are a Newcastle fan.
And we need as much positive news we can get right now with the doom and gloomers out in full force, but we’re not too bad off, and in much better shape than we were two years ago.
This is what 25 year-old Rob Elliot told the local Newcastle press today:
“You have to be ready, that’s how I made my Charlton debut – from the bench.” “You can’t be sitting there idle, you are literally just one kick or one injury away from being on the pitch, and that’s what you aspire to as a kid.”
“The reality of the move now is starting to kick in.” “This move was the chance to play in the Premier League and against the best players in the world and the country.”
“That’s what I want to do. The first thing is to get into training and show to the lads here what a good keeper I am. If I am needed, I’m ready.”
“It should be brilliant.” “I’d love to play in front of 52,000 at St James’ Park.” “This is still a massive club. Newcastle are stronger for their blip, when the team were relegated, and the place is stronger for it.
“The way they have started the season shows that.” “There are a great set of new players here coming through.” “The team spirit is fantastic which is a major part of it.”
“Newcastle is still one of the biggest clubs in the country.”
Rob seems to be very keen and he comes across very well, and he will be getting to know his team-mates in training before the QPR game.
The training last Thursday, following the disappointment of the last day of the transfer window, was said to be very good, with the manager intent on keeping the mood upbeat throughout the training.
The lads will have enough time to prepare for the QPR game, and the fans will be able to see new boy David Santon in action at left-back, and we half expect Ryan Taylor to be out on the right wing.
And it’s also a game the lads can win, with just a little bit of luck, and the game is being televised live around the world.
That’s what we’re hoping for, and we’re also looking forward to seeing Davide Santon play – and the Italian also comes over as a great kid just delighted to be on Tyneside.
It’s a big relief to hear the team spirit is still in very good shape.
Howay The Lads!!