Rob Elliot is a happy man at the moment.
As we published this morning he loves Newcastle and the area but most of all the people.
He has also just signed a new four year contract that keeps him at the club for the next four years and he has revealed today that one reason he has played well over the last year or so is that he’s been happy and settled on Tyneside.
Rob Elliot – settled on Tyneside
Last season he took his chance brilliantly when an injury kept top choice Tim Krul on the sidelines from last October through the end of the season and Tim still hasn’t played since then.
This is what Rob has said today in the Chronicle:
“The only thing that was ever missing was the football for me. It was quite frustrating after two or three years up until I played regularly in the last couple of years.”
“The one thing that kept me going was how much I loved living here and how much we settled.”
“Once the football fell in place, it was like everything clicked. I was happier than I’d ever been and that showed on the pitch.”
“I had now worries outside and I wasn’t missing home because I loved the area.” “Signing a new deal was brilliant.”
“I have to say a massive thank you to the manager and Lee Charnley.”
“They have shown a lot of faith in a 30-year-old goalie with an ACL injury.”
“The medical department have been great in Sean Beech who has been doing my rehab and the doctor Paul Catterson have backed me.”
“They can see I will make a full recovery and hopefully can go on to get back to the form I was in last season.”
And Elliot being settled and playing well is one reason Rafa is keen when new players come in that they get as much help as they need from the club so they can settle quickly and concentrate 100% on football.
It’s really the same in any job – people have to be settled to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
Rob is a great example of how it can pay off when our players are settled in Newcastle.