By Russell Edge

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has said that he does not regret departing the club for Brighton.

The Dutch international shot stopper ended his 12-year stint with the Magpies after turning what was initially a season-long loan move with the Seagulls into a permanent deal, signing a one-year contract.

Despite having to primarily sit on the bench for his new club’s league games, with Australian international Mathew Ryan firmly Chris Hughton’s number one choice between the sticks, the 29-year-old insists that he is delighted with the decision to leave Tyneside, having been outcast from the senior squad by Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez.

He told the Argus: “It’s (the move) been easier than I expected.

“The club did everything to sort things out and there’s no big timers. Everyone wants to help each other and everyone has one aim, staying in the league.

“It’s nice to be part of it. I really haven’t got any regrets.”

Krul made 185 appearances across all competitions for Newcastle after arriving as a youngster from hometown club Ado Den Haag, but a serious injury while with the Dutch national side in 2015 ended his Magpies career, with his last outing for the club a 6-0 mauling by Manchester City.

So far he has made one appearance for the senior side at Brighton, in a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the League Cup, while he has also appeared for the under-23 side at the Amex Stadium.

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