Rob Elliot issues emotional message to Newcastle United fans
The club yesterday confirmed that the goalkeeper will leave St James's Park at the end of the month when his contract expires.
And Elliot – who had made 68 appearances for Newcastle over the past nine years – posted a farewell message on Twitter.
“To everyone connected to Newcastle United, just something I’ve tried to write down as I leave, doesn’t do anyone or the time justice but hope it’s understood how much the last nine years have meant,” said the 33-year-old.
“I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of myself and my family to everyone connected with Newcastle United.
“The area has become our home, we have raised our three children here and they will always be Geordies, which is something that makes us feel so proud.
“A massive thank you to everyone at the club both past and present for helping me over the last nine years. It truly has been an amazing experience.
“I can only wish the great bunch of lads and staff all the best with finishing the season strong and beating expectations.
“There have been highs and lows, but what has always been there is the staff behind the scenes who make the club such a great place and make it what it is.
“From my Premier League debut to international football, last minute winners in European and winning player of the year, these are things I wouldn’t have dreamed would have been possible when I was a kid, especially at a club like this.
“But to the people and fans who made me feel a part of the club and the area is something that means the most to myself and my family, so all I can say is thank you.
“I really hope our paths cross again one day. Thank you. Howay the lads.”
Elliot, signed from Charlton Athletic by Alan Pardew in the summer of 2011, was brought back into the fold last summer by head coach Steve Bruce after being frozen out by Rafa Benitez, his predecessor.