Tim Krul says wished his Newcastle United career had ended differently – after “11 beautiful years” at the club.
The goalkeeper joined Brighton and Hove Albion on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day last week.
Krul’s loan at the Amex Stadium will take him to the end of his St James’s Park contract.
The 29-year-old, signed from Den Haag in 2006, had hoped to force his way into Rafa Benitez’s plans this season.
But the Holland international – who spent last season on loan at AZ Alkmaar and Ajax as he returned to form and fitness following a long-term knee injury – left the club with a “positive view” of his time on Tyneside.
Krul has been reunited with former United manager Chris Hughton at Brighton.
I would have liked to have finish on a positive, but I will always have a positive view on Newcastle.Tim Krul
“He (Hughton) built a togetherness in the team,” said Krul.
“When we were in the Premier League, we had a great start.
“They kind of made a mistake there (in dismissing Hughton), and I think Chris has proved that with what he has done at Brighton again.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of that journey. He was definitely a massive part of the journey at Newcastle.
“I had a great time there. I would have liked to have finish on a positive, but I will always have a positive view on Newcastle.
“They’ve brought me everything I could wish for, so I could never have any regrets – 11 beautiful years – but Brighton is another family club and has a great set up to look ahead.
“The aim should be to stay up and it’s got everything to stay there.”