ROB Elliot is looking to build on his breakthrough season at Newcastle United.
The goalkeeper made 18 appearances for the club last term during Tim Krul’s absences through injury.
And Elliot – who only played one cup game the previous season – won praise from United manager Alan Pardew for his contribution between the posts during a difficult season for the club.
Elliot had an elbow operation this month, but the 27-year-old expects to be fit for the start of pre-season training in early July.
“I’d never want Tim to be injured, but whenever you get an opportunity, however it comes, you have to step in,” Elliot said.
“I’ve played a few games, and I played in Europe as well.
“You’ve got to keep focused. I’ve been pleased. It was my first time playing in the Premier League and Europe.
“Playing for such a big club, a lot comes with it. I really enjoyed my time playing.
“I felt I’ve given something to the team. I’ve just tried to be positive and bring my game to the team. The gaffer said just to be confident and play your game.
“It’s not just ups as a keeper, you get a lot of downs.
“You’ve just got to work hard to make sure there are a lot more ups than downs.”
Krul missed the last five games of the season after dislocating his shoulder in the Tyne-Wear derby last month, and the 25-year-old is expected to be fit in late August.
While the injury gave Elliot – who also deputised after Krul suffered an ankle problem in February – a run in Pardew’s side, he felt for the Holland international, who has become a close friend.
“I was gutted for him on a personal level - he’s my mate,” said Elliot.
“I don’t want to see him get injured. We work together every day. He’s done well this year and it’s great to see. Hopefully, he’ll be back as quickly as possible.”
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