Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot signs new four-year contract at Newcastle

Elliot is continuing to recover from a knee injury but has been assured by boss Rafa Benitez that he has a future with the club

Rob Elliot

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Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot looks set to remain at Newcastle United for the foreseeable future after signing a new four-year deal with the club.

Elliot missed Ireland's European Championship campaign as he continues to recover from a knee injury he suffered on international duty earlier this year.

The 30-year-old made 23 appearances for Newcastle last season, but couldn't prevent the Magpies from being relegated.

"I'm delighted," he told the club's official website. "Personally, I had a good run in the team last year but I was obviously gutted at the end with the injury so it's a real confidence-booster that the club have put their faith in me.

"It's helped my rehab as well, because it's something to work towards, and it ties everything up perfectly now so I can look forward to the future, commit to getting back fit and hopefully getting us back to where we want to be."

Manager Rafa Benitez added: "I'm really pleased that Rob has signed a new contract with the Club.

"It shows our confidence in him as a goalkeeper for now and for the future. Hopefully he will be challenging for the goalkeeper position again very soon."