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Krul: Toon kids must seize Euro chance

NEWCASTLE keeper Tim Krul is urging his young team-mates to make the most of their Europa League chances as they attempt to force their way into Alan Pardew's plans.

The Dutchman made his senior debut for the Magpies in a 1-0 UEFA Cup victory over Palermo in November 2006, and has gone on to establish himself as number one for the club and a regular in the Holland squad.

It has been a long road to the top, but Krul believes the experience he gained that night and beyond helped to lay the foundations of his career, and is hoping the current crop at St James' Park can do the same as they prepare to face Club Brugge tonight.

He said: "It is all about opportunities. I used to love the cup games because it used to be my opportunity, and it's the same thing for the young lads now coming through.

"It been six years now, so it's been a long time. It's a long journey, a lot of things have happened. I am really pleased with how it has been because I am the number one of Newcastle United now and that was the aim at the start. I was 18 at the time, so I was still young then, but it was a great night for me, my first ever professional game.

"But there was a long way to go and to be honest, I injured myself three days later so I saw the highs and the lows in a short period at the time."

Twenty-year-old Sammy Ameobi will start the game at the Jan Breydel Stadion for the first time alongside older brother Shola, 31, while there could be opportunities for Shane Ferguson and Gael Bigirimana.