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KRUL PLEASED TO WORK WITH HUGHTON AGAIN

2 September 2017

Geoff Penn
Tim Krul

Tim Krul explained that the decision to work with Chris Hughton was a key factor in his decision to join Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal.

The Dutchman arrived at the club on deadline day and is now relishing the prospect of working with the Albion boss, after their time together at Newcastle United.

He said, “I’m really excited. It’s a great club, a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“When I heard Brighton were interested, it wasn’t a difficult decision. I know
Chris Hughton very well from my time at Newcastle and I’ve been following the club's results over the last couple of years.

“They’ve made some great steps with the facilities here, and I’ve been very impressed.

“A manager is very important and I know what I am going to get with Chris. He gives everybody their fair share of opportunities and I like that about him. At Newcastle he built a togetherness, which is very important in the Premier League.

“You also need a mentality of sticking together and he definitely managed that really well when we won the Championship with Newcastle.”

The 29-year-old reflected on a difficult spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, but insists that frustrating period is well and truly in the past.

“I got injured playing for my country, but that’s football. One day you’re playing for your country and then you’re out for a year.

“Unfortunately that’s part and parcel of the game, but I’m pleased that I can close that chapter and look forward to what this one is going to bring.

“The injury was two years ago now. It took a bit of time to get back, but I’m fully over it and I’m excited to look ahead now.”

The shot-stopper reflected on a wonderful time at Newcastle to date, and explained that he only has fond memories of his time on Tyneside.
 
“It’s a massive part of my life. My wife and little girl were born there, so I always have that connection there, but sometimes you have managers that like to go in a different direction.

“They decided they wanted to go in a different direction, which was a shame, but I always have a positive view of Newcastle because they brought me everything I could wish for.

“I don’t have any regrets and had 11 beautiful years there, but Brighton is another family club and have got a great set-up.”


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