Newcastle To Announce Big Deal Early Next Week

News in the local press that Newcastle have offered goalkeeper Rob Elliot a massive new deal to keep him at Newcastle long term – and that should certainly keep the 30 year-old happy as he comes back from a very serious ACL knee injury.

Rob was our best player last season and our Player of the Season and he was simply a revelation, although he had always played well when given his chance in the Newcastle first team, since signing on from Charlton a full five years ago.

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Rob Elliot – recovering from his ACL knee injury
This is Rob doing light training in Dublin this summer

Rob played 21 times for Newcastle last season and in five years at the club he has played for us 48 times but that is likely to increase once he’s fit again.

Matz Sels has arrived from Gent and he seems to have edged out our other senior fit goalkeeper, Karl Darlow, so when Rob returns – probably in November – we expect him to claim the number one jersey on Tyneside again.

No formal announcement from the club yet, but it does tip Rafa’s hand a bit that he sees Rob as his goalkeeper for Newcastle in the coming seasons.

But Tim Krul is not out of the reckoning yet, and if he recovers well from his ACL injury and plays well for Ajax next season on loan, he could be competing next summer to still be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper.

Rafa has given Tim a one year extension to his contract so his value doesn’t diminish next summer when he would have become a free agent.

Rob is not only a goalkeeper who is still improving, but he’s a strong voice in the dressing room, an excellent professional who always trains well – and a firm fan favorite on Tyneside.

The deal is expected to be announced next week and we expect it to be for five years.

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