By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Tim Krul admits it will take a few days for him to realise just what Newcastle have achieved this season.
Tipped by many to struggle at the start of the campaign, United took the Premier League by storm during 2011/12, spending almost the entire term in the top seven and qualifying for the Europa League thanks to their fifth-placed finish.
An outstanding year had the gloss taken off slightly by a final-day 3-1 reversal at Everton on Sunday, but for goalkeeper Krul - the Club's only ever-present in the league - their success will soon sink in.
"I'm disappointed about Everton, but will go away and over the next few days think about it all," the big Dutch stopper told nufc.co.uk.
"It's a shame the way we finished the season because it wasn't good, but I think that we will realise quickly what a fantastic season we've had.
"To finish fifth in the Premier League has been beyond our wildest dreams. It's immense, but it doesn't feel like that right now.
"It's been incredible this season. After a disappointing display it's difficult to realise that but we will do as the days go on.
"Fifth in the Premier League is something to be proud of and I will make sure I brag about it this summer!"