Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Close Karl on Whether I Left Toon or Not, but I'm Glad I Stayed; DARLOW HOPING TO KICK ON AFTER WINNING BACK HIS PLACE IN TOON TEAM

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Close Karl on Whether I Left Toon or Not, but I'm Glad I Stayed; DARLOW HOPING TO KICK ON AFTER WINNING BACK HIS PLACE IN TOON TEAM

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief sports writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @lee_ryder

KARL Darlow got as far as Middlesbrough's Hurworth training ground in the summer as he found himself on the brink of quitting Newcastle United.

The Toon goalkeeper was set to head down the A19 permanently until a move for another shotstopper fell through at the last minute.

The Chronicle understands a move for West Ham's Adrian would have resulted in Darlow's three-year stint on Tyneside coming to an abrupt end.

When asked if he thought he had played his last game for United, Darlow said: "I did.

Potentially I did think I had played my last game.

"It has been pretty well documented, the position I was in during the summer, and what was happening - but playing for Newcastle was something I never gave up on.

"When the transfer window closed it was time to knuckle down but looking back it was a tough period for myself and I have come through it and I am feeling good again.

"Hopefully I can push on again. I am back in the team and let's see if I can kick on."

When asked how close he was to swapping United for Boro, Darlow added: "I was incredibly close to leaving.

"At the time I saw it as business when the manager told me.

"That is the way to deal with it. That is how it was explained to me.

"I was pretty close to leaving, yes (to Middlesbrough).

"I had not got as far as my farewells to my team-mates.

"I had met and spoken to their manager and it was all ready to go.

"Newcastle were waiting on signing another goalkeeper and it fell through for some reason.

"Thankfully it did because I am still here and playing in the team again. It is all good for me."

After finding himself as a mainstay in the side's Championship side, Darlow's omission from the first-team picture at the end of the season left him frustrated. …

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