Rob Elliot really hopes he'll play for Newcastle United again

Newcastle United's English-born Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliot kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium in...

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has not featured for the club for two years.

Newcastle United's English-born Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliot kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium in...

Rob Elliot has suggested to the Sunderland Echo that he really wants to play for Newcastle United again.

Elliot has not featured for Newcastle at all since 2017, when he played in goal against Manchester City.

The goalkeeper has been demoted to third choice, with both Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow ahead of him in the pecking order.

But Elliot is hoping to pull on the Newcastle at least one more time, as he loves playing for the club.

 

“You never know, but I really hope I haven’t played my last game for the club,” Elliot said.

“That’s the life of a goalie, unfortunately. I don’t have to talk about how much I love it here and I love playing for the club. To play for Newcastle is what I want to do.

“I sort of fell out of love with football in the last year or so, but I’ve found that desire and love again. I’ve been really enjoying training.”

Elliot’s chances of breaking into Newcastle’s first-team appear to be limited, as he just has so much competition.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot dives for the ball during the Newcastle United Training Session at The Newcastle United Training Centre on October 24, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The Republic of Ireland international not only has to displace both Dubravka and Darlow to earn a place in Steve Bruce’s line-up, but he also has to worry about Freddie Woodman now.

Woodman has impressed out on loan at Swansea City, and could well be part of Bruce’s first-team plans at Newcastle next term.

In total Elliot has made 68 appearances for Newcastle over an eight year stay with the club.

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