Rob Elliot

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Rob Elliot believes he is a much better goalkeeper than the one which joined Newcastle United nearly two years ago.

The stopper arrived in August 2011 from then-League One outfit Charlton Athletic and, having been patient for his chance, went on to make 17 appearances last term across the Barclays Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup.

Elliot proved he is more than good enough for top flight football and believes his Tyneside education has played a major part in his rapid development.

"I'm a better keeper than back then (when he joined the Club) and I think I'm a completely different keeper as well," the 27-year-old told nufc.co.uk.

"If I went back to Charlton now they probably wouldn't recognise me!

"You have to grow up quickly in the Premier League and learn to adapt. It's a lot faster than League One and that has taken some time to get used to.

"I think my character has helped though and maybe that is suited to this league."

Elliot's experiences were something completely new to a player who has also plyed his trade at the other end of the football spectrum, with loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Bishop's Stortford.

And that rise through the ranks has made the Londoner not only appreciate where he is now, but also have the hunger to continue achieving success with the Magpies.

"I look back on playing European football and Premier League football last season with a smile," Elliot explained.

"It was my first taste of it and I think I did well.

"I'm proud of myself and hopefully I've gone some way towards cementing myself as a Premier League keeper at some point.

"Once you get that taste you don't want to let it go. I guess it's like a drug, with the stadiums and fans and everything else, and I want more."