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ALBION SIGN DUTCH KEEPER ON LOAN

31 August 2017

Geoff Penn
New Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United.
 
The 29-year-old, who played under Albion manager Chris Hughton at St James’ Park, travelled down from the North East this afternoon and completed the deal at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening.
 
Krul has made 157 appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League and provides Albion with another option between the posts alongside summer signing Mathew Ryan and Niki Maenpaa.
 
The shot-stopper joined Ajax on loan last season, before switching to fellow Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for the remainder of the campaign, where he featured 16 times and helped them to a sixth-placed finish in Eredivisie.
 
Hughton said, “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.
 
“He’s played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League and his experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad.”
 
After beginning his career with Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Krul moved to Newcastle in the summer of 2005, before keeping a clean sheet on his his first-team debut against Palermo in the UEFA Cup the following year.
 
The Dutchman then won the Under-21 European Championships in 2007, after signing a new four-year contract with the Magpies.
 
Between 2007 and 2009, Krul spent time on loan at Falkirk and Carlisle United, before returning to Tyneside, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010 and ended the season as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper.
 
Krul kept a clean sheet against Brazil on his international debut for Netherlands in 2011, and has made seven appearances for his country to date.


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