Rob Elliot: I’ve lost a lot weight – and I’ll have a proper go!

READY ... Newcastle's Rob Elliot.
READY ... Newcastle's Rob Elliot.
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ROB Elliot has revealed that he’s lost weight in a bid to gain an edge at Newcastle United.

The goalkeeper has made just 22 appearances in his three seasons at St James’s Park, where Holland international Tim Krul is the No1.

And Elliot, 28, has admitted he will consider his future next summer if he fails to play more games this term.

In the meantime, the Republic of Ireland international hopes the extra fitness work he did in the summer will pay dividends.

“I’ve really bought into my fitness,” said Elliot.

“I’ve thought to myself that the one thing I can control is how fit I can be.

“I had a good chat with the manager in pre-season, and he just said ‘get as fit as you can’, so that’s what I’ve done.

“I’ve gone away, I’ve lost a lot of weight, and just sort of said I’m going to give myself the next ten years or so and have a proper go.”

Elliot, signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011, admits his lack of football plays on his mind.

“You get times when you think ‘right, I need to play’, and that’s the thing,” he said. “The big thing for me, and I always say this, is that I want to play.

“I love it at Newcastle, I love living there, I love the club.

“Anyone who has been here knows what an amazing city it is, how fantastic the fans are, but I want to play football.

“I hope it is at Newcastle, but if it’s not, it’s not.

“I think after this season, depending on how many games I get, I’ll have to look at it and see what happens.”

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