Newcastle fans are celebrating today (and last night) our first signing of the summer, and it’s a good one and could turn out to be our best signing of the summer.
Martin Dubravka was delighted to join Newcastle after playing 12 games for the Magpies this year and playing in front of sold-out St. James’ Park crowds.
In our final game of the season – when we took 5th placed Chelsea apart 3-0 – Martin says he has never had the feeling he had when the game was over.
That’s when the players came out and celebrated with the fans that we had survived in the Premier League and not only that – but finished in a very respectable 10th place.
Martin Dubravka in action in his Newcastle debut against Manchester United
That’s the joint second best Premier League finish in the 11 gruesome years under Mike Ashley.
Martin has been speaking on the Newcastle United website, and this is some of what he had to say:
“The last game against Chelsea, I’ve never had that feeling.” “It was something special. I didn’t want to walk away, I wanted to stay and enjoy it.”
“I’m looking forward to the new season, to sticking together and having the fans with us. ”
“When I arrived on loan in January, I already knew Newcastle United was a great club with amazing fans.”
“The first game helped a lot in a new team. Nobody knew who I was and then suddenly I was playing against Manchester United with my teammates.”
“I really appreciate the way the fans supported us, home and away. I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
“They give us energy and that helps us to play well and give 100%.”
“I’m happy that I can be part of that relationship.”
“I’m very proud and very pleased to be a part of the club and I’m very happy that I have my future here.”
“It’s hard to put it into words because it’s something special. It means a lot. “I’m very excited for next season.”
“It is a great dressing room with great players who helped me a lot.”
The 29-year-old 10 times capped goalkeeper is currently away on International duty with Slovakia – but he will be all set to go when preseason starts on Monday, July 2nd.
Let’s hope we have another four or five new (terrific) players in by then.
Howay The Lads!!