Tim Krul has come to Albion with a point to prove.

The Dutch keeper wants to grab his chance to show he is back to his best after the injury blow that derailed his career.

Krul was the Newcastle and Netherlands No.1 when he ruptured an anterior cruciate knee ligament playing for his country in October 2015.

He proved his fitness in loan spells last season at Ajaz and AZ Alkmaar, but Rafa Benitez has made it clear he has no future on Tyneside.

Krul’s deadline night loan move to Albion for the rest of the season offers the 29-year-old an opportunity to re-establish himself.

He has not travelled the length of the country just to be the Seagulls’ third choice behind Mathew Ryan and Niki Maenpaa.

“No, of course not,” Krul told The Argus.

“But I know, after the injury, I need to show that I’m back where I was.

“It doesn’t matter what you did two years ago, it’s what you do now. I’m well aware of that, but I’m really excited to have that challenge and go for it.

“I got injured playing for my country. That’s the highest you can get as a player, in a World Cup qualifier on a cold night in Kazhakstan on astroturf.

“I’ve closed that chapter now and I’m excited to be opening a new chapter.”

Krul’s prolonged spell on the sidelines and in the wilderness under Benitez, training for most of the summer with the under-23s, has altered his outlook.

“You are going from playing in the Premier League every week and for your country to be out more than a year,” he said.

“It’s hard. When you have seen that side you appreciate it more now, because you take it for granted for sure when you are playing every week.

“You are more gratful for days like this.”

Krul has more than 150 appearances behind him at Newcastle in the Premier League, some of them under Chris Hughton.

He is glad to be reunited with the Albion boss, who he believes was prematurely sacked by the Magpies in 2010 after guiding them to the Championship title.

“He built a togetherness in the team,” said Krul.

“When we were in the Premier League we had a great start. They kind of made a mistake there and I think Chris has proved that with what he has done at Brighton again.

“I am looking forward to being a part of that journey. He was definitely a massive part of the journey at Newcastle.

“I had a great time there. I would have liked to have finish on a positive, but I will always have a positive view on Newcastle.

“They’ve brought me everything I could wish for, so I could never have any regrets, 11 beautiful years, but Brighton is another family club and has a great set up to look ahead. The aim should be to stay up and it’s got everything to stay there.”

Albion resume against West Brom at the Amex next Saturday, seeking a first win after one point from the opening three games.

Newcastle already have theirs after a comfortable home win against West Ham.

“It’s very early,” Krul said. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s going to be hard, especially the next few months, but it’s a long season.

“Newcastle and Brighton did the job last year, coming up, and I think the job now is staying up.

“That is the priority, getting those 40 points. That’s the only thing you should think of at the moment.”