During the summer we thought that Tim Krul would bring in about £5M and even that would be a small fee.
Tim’s a goalkeeper who has massive experience and has played 185 games for Newcastle, most of them in the Premier League.
On almost the final day of the summer transfer window, a season loan deal was agreed with Brighton, and that has since turned out to be a permanent move.
And the Chronicle are reporting today there was no fee involved and we suppose what happened is that Newcastle released Tim from his contract and he became a free agent who then signed on at Brighton.
That’s at least a scenario that would be legal and make some sense.
So Newcastle have done well by Tim in allowing him to leave Newcastle for nothing.
It allowed him to get a one-year deal at Brighton but a big chance to play again regularly in the Premier League and now it’s up to him – Tim will like it that way.
Tim Krul at Newcastle – dedicated to the club
The old Newcastle would never do this – and would hold out for a fee for the goalkeeper who could have brought in big money before his ho=rrific injury a year last October.
But that’s life, and that’s football.
It shows Rafa’s growing influence at the club that we are starting to show showing some heart and appreciation to those who have served Newcastle well in the past.
It’s not a huge thing but Newcastle are becoming a much better club with Rafa in charge and money isn’t everything.
Tim was a great player for Newcastle and so loyal and of course, now he’s married to a Newcastle girl, and they have a daughter, he’s tied to Newcastle forever.
He ‘ll like that.
Personal note – talking about daughters – my daughter Elaine is in Newcastle this week on vacation and meeting all her aunts, uncles and cousins and keeping in touch with her heritage.
She loves it in Newcastle, but like her mother, Madeline, knows absolutely zilch about football.
My brother Rod with Elaine last Monday night in Newcastle
All in the family