Newcastle United favourite makes Premier League return at 35 with Magpies clash at Christmas lined up

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Tim Krul made a huge 186 appearances for Newcastle United over a 12-year spell in the North East.

Newcastle United legend Tim Krul has returned to the Premier League after agreeing a move to Luton Town.

The Dutch shot-stopper had spent five years with Norwich City and was relegated to the Championship with the club in 2022. Krul remained a mainstay in the side last year as the Canaries finished 13th in the second division.

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Krul will compete with Thomas Kaminski for a starting role and has already been praised for being a 'proper bloke' by Luton Town manager Rob Edwards. The goalkeeper will sport the number 23 shirt, the number he wore when finishing third in the World Cup with the Netherlands.

The Dutchman is of course a familiar face for Newcastle United fans having made a huge 186 appearances for the club over his 12 years on Tyneside.

Krul came to the Magpies youth academy in 2005 and made his first team debut just a year later. After a couple of loan spells, the star cemented his role in the first team during the 2010/11 Premier League season as he filled in for an injured Steve Harper. The 35-year-old eventually suffered injuries and fell out of favour before moving to Brighton in 2017.

Krul's move to Luton Town means he'll have the chance to visit St James' Park once again later this season when the Hatters make the trip to the North East on February 3. Before that, travelling Magpies will get a Christmas reunion with the keeper when visiting Kenilworth Road on December 23.

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Tim Krul is back in the big time (Image: Getty Images)Tim Krul is back in the big time (Image: Getty Images)
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Speaking to the club after completing the move, Krul said: “The story of Luton Town speaks for itself, the last nine years has been an amazing journey and I’m excited to join that journey. It’s been a whirlwind for the club; I spoke to Carlton Morris and he spoke very highly about what’s happening at this club.

“I know Thomas Kaminski as well, it’s good to speak a bit of Dutch Flemish to him. It’s so important to have competition for places, if you look at the Premier League teams, they have lots of competition for spots and it should be no different here.”

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