Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul excited by Den Haag return

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul will make a welcome return to familiar territory in Saturday's friendly with hometown club Den Haag.

Krul, 24, began his career with the Eredivisie outfit prior to joining the Magpies, and makes his first trip to the club as a Newcastle player.

Krul's emergence at Newcastle

  • Krul made his Newcastle debut in the 1-0 Uefa Cup win over Palermo in November 2006
  • His next first team appearance came in August 2009, in the Championship against West Brom
  • He won his first Netherlands cap against Brazil in June 2012

"I'm excited to go back to the place where it all began for me," Krul told BBC Newcastle.

"I played there for eight years so it's always special to go back."

The Netherlands international has established himself as a regular at the Sports Direct Arena, making 76 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, he still retains a link with the town of his birth and the club that handed him an opportunity in football.

"My parents live five minutes away from the stadium, and I've got a few friends and family there," he said. "The stadium will be filled with the family Krul I think.

"You go to your local team. I supported them when I was young and I joined them when I was nine. I was 17 when I joined Newcastle."