Norwich City gave Canary fans the perfect Christmas gift when Tim Krul signed a new long-term contract at the club.
After extending his stay to June 2024, Krul sat down with canaries.co.uk to discuss what the club means to him and how excited he is for the years to come.
canaries.co.uk: Congratulations on your new contract. Tell us a bit about your emotions after putting pen to paper on the new deal.
TK: Proud is the big word. I’m excited to commit my future to Norwich and have had an amazing two and a half years already at this club, so I’m excited to add another three and a half years to that.
canaries.co.uk: There have been plenty of ups and downs during your time here. How would you sum it up?
TK: Like you say, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but an exciting one because the club has gone from strength to strength from the moment I walked through the door. The new training ground, the fans in the stadium, the atmosphere - the last couple of years it’s been incredible. It’s such a shame now with COVID that they’re not in the stadium, but it’s really exciting the potential this club’s got.
canaries.co.uk: Was the bigger picture of where the club is heading a factor in wanting to stay?
TK: For sure. The moment I walked in, I had a good conversation with Stuart Webber and the manager. Everything they promised then has come true or been exceeded. The plan the club has got for the next few years is exciting and there’s some young, exciting talent coming through the ranks as well. From top to bottom, it’s a club I want to be at; one that’s run really well from Michael and Delia to the kitman. It’s an exciting time for the club, for sure.
canaries.co.uk: Being a senior player at a club that gives lots of young players a chance, do you enjoy that role in the dressing room?
TK: I like to see them come through the ranks like Josh Martin and Adam Idah have this year, then you have Max Aarons, Ben, Jamal, and Todd. The club’s got some really exciting talent and there are some more young players coming through with Andrew and Tyrese, who have been training with us in the last few weeks. They seem like really great prospects as well, so the club is in good hands and to be able to commit my future here is a proud moment for me and my family as well.
canaries.co.uk: You mentioned the atmosphere at Carrow Road, and there’s no doubt that you and the team can’t wait for it to be full again to play in front of all of the fans.
TK: Yeah, it’s hard for everyone. 2,000 fans make a big difference already. The last minute goals we’ve scored over the last few weeks - you can imagine the explosion Carrow Road would have had if they were there. I’m sure at home they’ll be supporting us. The messages we’re getting on social media and on the streets over the last few weeks, we know they’re behind us. That’s what we’re working for. The big message from us as players is that we try to give the fans at home something to cheer about.
canaries.co.uk: On a personal level, how pleased are you with how much you’ve developed over the last two and a half years?
TK: I’ve always dreamt of being back in the national team squad after my injury five years ago. When that moment came a few months ago, that was a really proud moment for me and my family. I have to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to play week in, week out. To feel valued the way I do at this club is the big thing. As a player, you want to be loved and I’ve got a great relationship with the fans. The club giving me this three and a half year contract shows the belief they’ve still got in me.
canaries.co.uk: How important is the support from the boss and your goalkeeping teammates here at the club?
TK: The relationship I’ve got with the boss is huge. He gives me the confidence and trust. I’ve nearly had 100 games already for Norwich. Ed Wootten is someone I work with day in, day out and that’s a big part for me. With Michael, we’ve got a great goalkeeping union going on there. The levels are there and we’re pushing each other every day, so it’s exciting to see where this club can head.
canaries.co.uk: On the season so far as a team, it’s going well at the moment - top of the league going into Christmas. What can you say about the character we’ve shown to bounce back from the disappointment from last season?
TK: That’s testament to the players turning it around, but the big factor is the staff at the club. We’ve said we need hungry players here and we’re showing that in the Championship it’s a ruthless league. The players who are here are hungry to be back in the Premier League. We know from last year that’s the level we want to be at and the experience we’ve got from the last couple of years is showing. We’re doing really well and want to be in the top two. We’re not halfway yet, so we have to keep pushing.
canaries.co.uk: As for what the future holds for yourself and the club, how excited are you about what we can achieve over the next three and a half years?
TK: The club’s got big plans. We shouldn’t look too far ahead because we’ve got another 26 games to play in the Championship, so lots of football to be played before the summer. The squad we’ve got at the moment at this club is already really strong with some exciting talent. The plans behind the scenes and the way the training ground already is, to be part of that project is the big thing for me and I’m excited to be a part of it.