Tim Krul says he'll always have a "connection" with Newcastle United and the club's fans.
The goalkeeper yesterday joined Brighton and Hove Albion on a season-long loan.
Krul, signed in 2006, was told to find another club by manager Rafa Benitez after reporting back for the start of pre-season training.
The 29-year-old's loan at Brighton will take him to the end of his Newcastle contract.
Krul told Sky Sports News: "Newcastle will always be in my heart.
"It would have been my 12th season. The connection will always be there.
"Obviously, I had an injury and went out on loan (last season). I'm back fit, and the manager wanted to go another way.
"That's why I'm here. I'm excited. I got the opportunity to sign for a great club like Brighton in the Premier League."
Krul has been reunited with former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton at the Amex Stadium.
"I know Tim from my time at Newcastle, and he is an excellent professional that has a vast amount of experience at both club and international level," said Hughton.
“He’s played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League.
"His experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad.”