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One of Ireland's best goalkeepers has signed a new contract with Newcastle

The news comes as Rob Elliot nears full recovery from a knee injury he suffered last season.

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ROB ELLIOT HAS signed a new four-year contract with Newcastle, the club have confirmed.

The news comes as the 30-year-old Ireland international nears full recovery from a knee injury he suffered while on international duty for Ireland in a friendly against Slovakia back in March.

Elliot, who was Newcastle’s Player of the Season last year, expressed his delight at the news today in an interview on the club’s official website.

“Personally, I had a good run in the team last year but I was obviously gutted at the end with the injury so it’s a real confidence-booster that the Club have put their faith in me,” he said

It’s helped my rehab as well, because it’s something to work towards, and it ties everything up perfectly now so I can look forward to the future, commit to getting back fit and hopefully getting us back to where we want to be.”

Manager Rafa Benitez added: ”I’m really pleased that Rob has signed a new contract with the Club.

It shows our confidence in him as a goalkeeper for now and for the future. Hopefully he will be challenging for the goalkeeper position again very soon.”

Elliot’s next task will be to convince the club he is worthy of a regular first-team spot.

24-year-old Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels joined the club from Gent in the summer and has played in all of the Magpies’ Championship games so far this season.

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