Newcastle Complete First Transfer Of The Summer For The Brilliant Dubravka – Rafa Delighted

We are off and running as Newcastle finally sealed their first deal of the summer transfer window, signing 29-year-old goalkeeper Martin Dubravka of Sparta Prague for what is thought to be a bargain £4M.

Martin played 12 times for us on loan last season, and he made a massive difference at the back with his leadership, confidence, and control.

His debut against Manchester United was a performance to remember as we won the game 1-0 and Martin kept a clean sheet and looked terrific.

He has signed a four-year deal through 2022.

Martin Dubravka – signed yesterday on a four-year deal

This is what Rafa Benitez has said about his new goalkeeper:

“We’re delighted to finalize the permanent signing of Martin to Newcastle United today.”

“Ever since he arrived with us on loan he has shown a fantastic attitude and great work ethic, and of course we have been very impressed with his performances for us on the pitch last season.”

“This was one of the key positions we had identified we needed to strengthen and had been concerned about, so it is excellent news that we are able now to sign him on a permanent basis.”

“The loan deal with an option to buy was the perfect deal for the club.”

“It is credit to Lee Charnley and also Steve Nickson for putting that in place because it gave me and my staff the opportunity to look at him and work with him.”

“We were able and see how he would perform for us before committing to signing him permanently.”

“It has been very good business for the club and we now say congratulations to Martin and look forward to having him with us for the long term at Newcastle United.”

Those are good (great) comments from Rafa Benitez, and it’s nice to see he has praised Managing Director Lee Charnley and Steve Nickson – our Head of Recruitment.

Martin is a bargain buy, and an excellent signing for us and his attitude and professionalism are first class.

Let’s hope there are a lot more of these type of signings this summer.

Comment welcome.

6 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    May 31, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice acknowledgements from Rafa here – you can almost imagine the roles in place. Rafa identifies the targets with help from Steve Nickson and his team, Charnley agrees the commercials with the selling club, Nickson negotiates the contract with the player, the player signs.

    Sounds simple, all that’s required is the support of Ashley and his lieutenants or at least a commitment not to veto the deal. Rafa is left to handle the playing side and put a shine on any and all inbounds, for either increased resale value down the line or the long-term development of the team.

    If that’s the structure and format going forward, I think most would be happy with that.

  • Jib

    May 31, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Frank Lampard to manage Derby County

  • WLtoon

    May 31, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Glad we have signed the lad up, though i cant help wondering why it took us so long. Its not as though he cost a lot of money, nor demanded a huge salary. God knows how long it will take us to get a more expensive striker over the line, if we manage it at all .

  • lesh

    May 31, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Have we signed anybody yet?

  • ashleysmate

    May 31, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    I think it took this long to sign him because he was probably waiting to see what his boss is doing?

  • toonincheek

    May 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    ashleysmate –

    I suspect you are right. I also suspect that Rafa
    had a word and told him to stop messing about.


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