In his own words: Tim Krul on his mentors at Newcastle, THAT debut and what he learnt at Falkirk and Carlisle

Tim Krul is mobbed after his record-breaking performance against Tottenham
Tim Krul is mobbed after his record-breaking performance against Tottenham
  • Krul had an ‘unforgettable journey’ at United
  • Given, Harper and Srnicek were mentors at St James’s Park
  • Unexpected Palermo debut was the start for Krul
  • Goalkeeper recalls highlights of 11-year career at club

Tim Krul’s long Newcastle United career all but ended on transfer deadline day.

The season-long loan move to Brighton and Hove Albion takes Krul to the end of his St James’s Park contract.

Krul made 185 appearances in total – 160 in the Premier League – for the club.

The goalkeeper, signed from Den Haag in 2005, saw it all in his 11 years at Newcastle.

Krul experienced the highs of promotion, a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, international recognition and European football.

There were also lows, including a relegation the season before last and the serious knee injury he suffered playing for Holland that campaign.

Krul, however, said he left the club with no regrets.

And the 29-year-old – who had a memorable first-team debut against Palermo in a UEFA Cup tie in 2006 – posted an emotional farewell to the club and its fans on Twitter.

Krul tweeted: “To all the Geordies I just want to say a massive thank you for your support over the last 11 years.

“You guys are the foundation of the club. It’s been an amazing an unforgettable journey.

Krul celebrates Newcastle's UEFA Cup win over Palermo

Krul celebrates Newcastle's UEFA Cup win over Palermo

“I arrived at Newcastle as a 17-year-old boy and left as a man with too many memories to mention.

“Thank you for making me feel like an adopted Geordie. I’m proud and honoured to have served this great club, you will always be in my heart.”

Now reunited with former United manager Chris Hughton at the Amex Stadium, Krul is looking forward to “opening a new chapter” in his career.

Here are Krul’s highlights, in his own words, from his time at Newcastle:

I was fortunate to have experienced mentors like Shay Given, Steve Harper and Pavel Srnicek at the club. They were all a big influence on me.

Tim Krul

1. DEBUT AGAINST PALERMO

“When I arrived at 17, I was hoping to play for the first team, but I didn’t expect it to come that quickly.

“Obviously, I was playing for the Under-18s and made my way up to the first team because of injuries.

“My debut was a night to remember. We won 1-0 against Palermo in the UEFA Cup (in November, 2006). Albert Luque got the winner. It was a dream come true. It was a major start.

“Four days later I had a little knee injury which kind of delayed my full-on breakthrough, but it gave me the chance to go on loan at Falkirk and learn that side of things.

“I was also fortunate to have experienced mentors like Shay Given, Steve Harper and Pavel Srnicek at the club.

Krul with Benfica's Oscar Cardozo after their Europa League quarter-final first-leg at the Estadio da Luz

Krul with Benfica's Oscar Cardozo after their Europa League quarter-final first-leg at the Estadio da Luz

“They were all a big influence on me. They pushed me on the right track after I made my debut.”

2. FALKIRK AND CARLISLE LOANS

“I think loans at Falkirk and Carlisle (in 2007 and 2008) were two massive moments in my career that made more of a man.

“I remember the win bonuses at Christmas at Falkirk were so important.

“It wasn’t just a reserve game that didn’t really mean anything. I remember we had three games in six days and my team-mates were playing for bonuses to get Christmas presents for their kids.

“It keeps you grounded paying for your own lunch at Stirling University. You’re learning it the proper way. You can be spoilt in Premier League set-ups as a youngster, for sure.”

3. FIRST LEAGUE APPEARANCE

“Harps got a knock playing against West Brom (at The Hawthorns in August, 2009), and I came on for the second half.

“It was the first game of the Championship season. They’d been relegated too.

“We’d lost at Leyton Orient a couple of weeks before, and it was important to get a result.

“We drew 1-1 – Damien Duff scored an equaliser – and it kick-started an amazing memory of that season in the Championship.

“It was a long, long season, but it was a season to remember, because of the team spirit there with Joey Barton, Andy Carroll, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith and Harps, obviously.

“It was a great experience to see what team spirit can do. I learnt so much that season.”

4. BACK IN THE TOP FLIGHT

“I got a few games (in the 2010-11 season) because of Harps’ injury. I think I played 20 or so games.

“I played the last six games of the season. There were some really difficult games in there.

“We drew 0-0 against Man United at St James’s Park, and playing against Edwin van der Sar was a massive memory for me.

“He was a hero of mine. I got his shirt and gloves. I’ve still got them.

“We beat Arsenal away too with Andy Carroll heading it in.”

5. FIFTH IN PREMIER LEAGUE

“I made my debut for Holland the summer of 2011 after playing those six games (in the Premier League).

“We had Brazil and Uruguay away. I kept a clean sheet against Brazil in my first game. Uruguay was 1-1.

“I came back to challenge Fraser Forster and Harps – two fantastic goalkeepers – for a place.

“I think we were unbeaten in the first 11 games. We beat Man United 3-0 at home and I think I had two assists. I remember that.

“Keeping 15 clean sheets and finishing fifth was a major, major success, really. That was a great season.”

6. SETTING A LEAGUE RECORD

“This speaks for itself. I made 14 saves (in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in November 2013), and I think it’s still a Premier League record.

“It was like a shooting session, really, when you see the clips back now. They were coming in from every angle.

“I remember that year, though, that it wasn’t just my saves. The defence were blocking it off.

“It was like in 2011-12 when Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson were blocking shots on the line and I was covering for them.

“We were celebrating saves like a goal scored. We had a real togetherness. It was similar with the Tottenham game.”

7. EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL

“Benfica in the quarter-final was obviously a big night, and it could’ve been so much more.

“The belief maybe was quite there that we could knock them out. In the end, I think we were the better team, so that was a shame we couldn’t push that through and reach the semi-finals.”

Newcastle's Peter Ramage, right, smiles on as Tim Krul, left, and Titus Bramble hug each other after Newcastle's win over Palermo

Newcastle's Peter Ramage, right, smiles on as Tim Krul, left, and Titus Bramble hug each other after Newcastle's win over Palermo

Tim Krul celebrates after Newcastle claim a point at Old Trafford

Tim Krul celebrates after Newcastle claim a point at Old Trafford