Krul is now the clear No1 at Newcastle and challenging for first-choice status with Holland.
"It's surreal," he says. "Not long ago I was the one looking up to players. I'm proud to wear the shirt and see a dad and his little boy behind your goal screaming for you.
"The Geordie people are similar to where I grew up in Holland, which is why it was so easy for me to settle here. They are like a second family."
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