By Harvey Byrne

Rob Elliot has spoken of his delight after the goalkeeper signed a new four-year deal at Newcastle on Wednesday.

The north east shot-stopper suffered a serious knee injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in March and he hasn’t played a competitive match since the injury.

However, Rafa Benitez rewarded the 30-year-old with a new contract and the goalkeeper took to his personal Twitter account to share his delight and voiced that he couldn’t wait to get going again.

Elliot moved to Newcastle from Charlton in 2011, rejoining manager Alan Pardew at the then Premier League side.

The goalkeeper has featured in 49 encounters during his five-year stay at the club and will be looking to take over the number one spot from new goalkeeper signing Matz Sels once he returns to full fitness.

However, Elliot also faces competition from goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who is well experienced in the Championship following his time at Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle have made a solid start to the new Championship campaign, sitting in fourth place after five matches with Derby coming up next on Saturday.

In other Newcastle team news, Olivier Bernard has claimed that new signing Mohamed Diame is a “matchwinner”, like his former teammate Moussa Sissoko.