Tim Krul will make his first appearance for Newcastle in this pre-season, when he will start the game at Ibrox next Tuesday night against Rangers.
Tim Krul - in new home goalkeeper kit yesterday
Tim dislocated his shoulder is the shocking 3-0 defeat against Sunderland in April, and it’s been a hard road back for the 25 year-old Dutch Intentional.
He was interviewed today in the Newcastle Journal:
“I can’t wait to get back. I’ve had a three-month spell out and it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve done.” “I’ve been re-habbing really hard over the summer and I’ve been fully training with the lads since Monday.”
“I’m not quite 100% yet, but I’m really looking forward to returning at Rangers.” “It feels like it has been a long time and I can’t wait. It was a really bad way to end the season and to make it worse it was the third spell I’ve had out.”
“So now the focus is completely on making sure I have a 38-game season, just like the one I had the season before last.” “We are a better team than what happened last season.”
“We have to take one game at a time but it would be great to finish where we did two years ago.: “I don’t want to look too far ahead but we’re capable of that.” “Personally I’m looking forward to next season and I’m pleased that Rob did well when I was injured.”
“I’ve always had competition ever since I’ve been at Newcastle, and in my opinion it keeps you on your toes and really improves you as a player. I’m glad we’ve got lots of good goalkeepers at the club.”
Tim was schooled by both Shay Given and Steven Harper on how to work with your goalkeeper colleagues at the club – and Shay and Steve were friends and worked together for twelve years at Newcastle, and between them they made 661 first team appearances in the Newcastle goal.
Harper made 199 appearances and recently left Newcastle For Hull City, and Given made 462 appearances, and that’s second by only 34 games to the all-time Newcastle appearance record held by Jimmy Lawrence, who was also a goalkeeper.
Jimmy was a Scot who played for Newcastle between 1904 and 1921, and no, I never saw him play.
It will be good to see Tim in the Newcastle goal next Tuesday night in Glasgow.
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