By Russell Edge
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has said he will look to return to the city after leaving the club over the summer.
The Dutch goalkeeper saw his 12 year stint on Tyneside come to an end when a loan spell at Brighton was made permanent, with the 29-year-old signing a one year deal with the Seagulls.
He had not appeared in the first team for Newcastle since suffering a serious knee injury on international duty back in 2015, and found himself cast out from the first team squad by manager Rafael Benitez.
As a result, he found himself searching for first team football, and was happy to accept the offer from Brighton, who are managed by Krul’s former boss Chris Hughton.
However, he says that he will always hold the club in the highest regard and admits he will look to return to the city following the end of his career.
Speaking to the Shield’s Gazette, Krul said: “It was an opportunity in the Premier League, which is what I wanted.
“I’ve obviously worked with Chris (Hughton) before, so I knew what I was going to get. I liked what they were saying.
“I can’t say anything but praise (about Newcastle). It’s a second home.
“I’ll probably move back there after my career.”
The goalkeeper had arrived at Newcastle as a 17-year-old back in 2005, taking the time to establish himself as one of the club’s stars.
He fought off competition from the likes of Southampton stopper Fraser Forster, Steve Harper and Newcastle’s current first choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot, and went on to make 185 appearances for the Magpies.
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