Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot signed a new deal last year, it was revealed today.
Elliot will make his first Premier League appearance since December last year against Norwich City at St James’s Park this afternoon (4pm kick-off).
Tim Krul, the club’s No 1, was last week ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament playing for Holland.
Elliot agreed a four-year deal when he joined from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011, and in the absence of any announcement from the club, it was widely assumed that he would be out of contract at the end of the season.
But today’s programme reveals that he signed a “new long-term contract” in January last year.
However, this deal was not announced by the club at the time, and has never been mentioned up to now.
At the moment all I’m thinking about is the first couple of games, nothing beyond that.Rob Elliot
In the programme, the 29-year-old was asked if Krul’s absence gave him an “opportunity to sake your claim”.
Elliot replied: “At the moment all I’m thinking about is the first couple of games, nothing beyond that.
“In the back of your mind that is the desire and hope for a good run in the team, which is the one thing I have never really had here.”