Tim Krul joined Newcastle United’s academy in the summer of 2005 and made his first team debut in November 2006.
The Netherlands international didn’t feature regularly until the 2010/11 season and from then he was the first-choice goalkeeper until he picked up a knee injury in October 2015.
He revealed the road to recovery was mentally challenging, and he failed to find his place back with the Tyneside club.
After a few disappointing loan spells, he joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a permanent deal in 2007, where he was the second-choice keeper. Norwich City signed him last summer and has been a regular for them in the Championship, making 33 appearances.
Krul remains hopeful the Canaries can return to the Premier League so that he can have a proper send-off when Norwich face Newcastle next season.
“Still, it is very sad that I left via the back door. That’s why it would only be nice if we were to promote with Norwich. Then I can officially say goodbye there,” Dutch newspaper AD quote the 30-year-old as saying.
“Maybe I felt a bit too comfortable at Newcastle. I found the real hunger that I now have again the last couple of years.”
“I am fresher and better than ever. I am grateful that I played 33 games this season. At Newcastle I lived more in a daze, although I have experienced gigantic beautiful things. I cannot wait to show people that things are good with me.”
Norwich are currently leading the table with 63 points after 33 games, two points ahead of second place Sheffield United. They are on the right track to return to the Premier League.