Toon Keeper 'Glad To Be Back'

Last updated : 22 November 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

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After 408 long days, Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has played his first competitive football match.

He was loaned out to Ajax in the summer to get him fit and get in some quality match time.

There were only 1,423 paying spectators to see it, as Tim Krul turned out in the first division (second tier) of Dutch football for Ajax ll.

They played at Utrecht ll and drew 2-2.

Tim Krul:

“I am glad I made 90 minutes after all this time. Playing games is the most beautiful thing there is.

“I’ve had a really tough year, I have just been in the gym.

“You need to be mentally tough but I’m glad that there is light at the end of the tunnel…and now to play in a stadium once again, beautiful.

“I think it was a nice match for the neutral spectator.

“It went up and down, a lot of chances, but sorry that I conceded two goals.

“As the game continued I felt more and more comfortable. I am already looking forward to Friday’s game (Ajax ll play Telstar on Friday night), then I hope to make more steps.

“I must show that I am fully fit again. It has been a very serious injury.

“Your rhythm and sharpness. It still takes a little longer than I actually had hoped but that’s just the reality.

“I’m still in the process to become even fitter and I will continue to work every day to get that edge.

“I train very well with (Ajax keepers) Andre Onana and Diederik Boer. Onana (current number one) is very sharp and good and I just have to be ready when the coach needs me.

“I look at myself right now, the season is long and you never know what happens.

“I have to grab as many minutes. There are so many games to come. If the coach says he needs me, I have to show who Tim Krul is.

“I know who that is. I just need that really good feeling as I am still recovering – but I’m getting closer.”


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