“I don’t see why anybody would ever want to leave the club,” he said yesterday.
The 29-year-old came up through the youth ranks at Charlton Athletic - but both he and his family are now wholly settled in the North East, a place they affectionately refer to as “home”.
When asked about his affection for the club and the region, Elliot told The Sunday Sun: “It goes hand in hand - I don’t think if my personal life was happy I’d necessarily be as happy on the pitch.
“It can sound cliched, but it’s just the truth that we’re very happy here.
“Me and my family love it here.
“Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t see why anybody would ever want to leave the club.
“I can understand if you’re going to Real Madrid or Barcelona perhaps, but this is an amazing club.
“We have the best fans in the world; everything is in place for it to be a giant of a club.
“For me I can see from the inside with the players we’ve got that it’s going in the right direction.
“It’s hard and it’s frustrating that we’re in the league position we are, but I think looking into the future we can definitely be a lot higher up and I think there’s so much potential there.
“But the most important thing right now is making sure that we are up the table and progressing so we make sure that next year, when it does come to it, we can get to where we want to be.
“But that’s for then, for now we must concentrate on these next few games and progressing as a team.”