Canaries number one Krul signs new long-term contract
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Norwich City have announced a new long-term contract for goalkeeper Tim Krul following the Dutchman’s key role in the Canaries’ title-winning success.
The former Newcastle number one has signed fresh terms until 2022, having initially signed a two-year deal when he arrived on a free transfer last summer.
Krul was an ever-present in the Championship for Daniel Farke's team, after spending the previous campaign proving cover at Premier League club Brighton.
That followed knee ligament damage while on international duty with the Netherlands in October 2015, having been part of the squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"I'm over the moon to be extending my journey at Norwich City," Krul said. "The club gave me the opportunity to play week in week out and to play every second last season was amazing."
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"I have to thank the manager (Farke), all the staff and (sporting director) Stuart Webber for the opportunities they've given me. Everything has come true this season and I'm happy to be staying at this special club."
Although there were some shaky moments along the way as he regained full form and fitness, with a few costly mistakes in the mix, the keeper also played a major role in plenty of important results and his experience was widely regarded as crucial with such a young defence in front of him.
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Speaking to City's official website, Krul added: "As a whole, everybody realises the trophy was done together.
"The players thrived on the spirit we had. Any player loves the backing of the fans so to get 25,000 fans, scarves and flags - it was just incredible support all season.
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"Walking away with the trophy was the icing on the cake for all of us. It was one of the proudest moments of my career."
Sporting director Webber leapt to the big Dutchman's defence in March, after some moans about the keeper's distribution from the Carrow Road crowd, but by the end of the season Krul had built a real rapport with the Canaries fans.
Back-up keeper Michael McGovern also signed fresh terms towards the end of the season, until 2021, and several keepers have been linked with the Canaries following promotion.
Krul's signature also follows new contracts for key outfield players Timm Klose and Marco Stiepermann since the season came to a conclusion, with preparations for the top flight in full swing.
"It's such an exciting time for the club," Krul concluded. "We have a great team and have some really good challenges coming up. We are going places at the moment and we've taken some great steps in the right direction.
"There's going to be big challenges because we are going into the best league there is. My biggest message to everyone is to take the opportunity with both hands and don't be fazed by big teams and big players. We have the talent to compete with them.
"It's the most exciting league in the world. I feel like I have unfinished business there and I'm just really excited to face these big teams again. We all cannot wait until June 13 when the fixtures are announced."