By Danny Wright
Tim Krul has thanked the fans and staff at AZ Alkmaar as his loan spell in the Netherlands comes to an end and he heads back to Newcastle.
The 29-year-old has been out on loan all season in a bid to recover from a serious knee ligament injury and has regained full fitness after playing every Eredivisie game since February.
The goalkeeper hasn’t played for Newcastle since 2015 and originally spent the first half of the campaign with Ajax before moving to AZ.
He made just six appearances for Ajax’s youth in the Dutch second tier side but managed to play 22 times in his spell at AZ and kept four clean sheets as he emerged as the No 1 choice between the sticks.
Krul is a very popular feature on Tyneside and the Toon Army will surely be pleased to see him playing regular first team football again.
And now, the Dutchman has thanked AZ for their role in helping him return to fitness.
“I would like to thank everyone at AZ for the pleasant time I have had here,” he said, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“It was a shame we couldn’t finish the season with a nice trophy but unfortunately that is football.
“I’m really grateful for all the support and confidence I got from both the fans and the club.
“Thanks for this season, I wish you all the best in the coming years and thanks for all.”
Krul has made a total of 185 appearances for Newcastle but his first-team place could be under threat when he returns to what will be a newly promoted Premier League side.
Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot have been vying for a No 1 spot while Matz Sels is also on the books at St. James’ Park.
In other Newcastle news, Jamaal Lascelles has said what he hopes the Magpies do over the summer.