Karius initially joined Newcastle on a short-term contract, with an expiration date at the end of December 2022. He signed this contract as a free agent in September 2022.
In early January this year, Karius became a free agent and after less than 3 weeks, the St. James’ Park again made the move to sign a new contract with the German goalkeeper. Karius played only one match for Newcastle and quite unexpectedly, it was the final of the League Cup, where the home team lost at the hands of MU in February.
Before coming to Newcastle, Karius spent two seasons playing football in Türkiye, before joining Union Berlin for the 2020/21 season. Keeping Karius is a rather surprising move, because there are many goalkeepers in Newcastle’s current squad.
In addition to Nick Pope, of course, coach Eddie Howe’s number one choice, Karius also has to compete with Martin Dúbravka, Karl Darlow and Mark Gillespie to find playing opportunities.
In addition to Karius, BLD Newcastle also signed a contract extension with defender Paul Dummett. The 31-year-old Welshman, who grew up at Newcastle’s training academy, has been with the Chicks since 2000 before making his debut for the first team in 2010. With an additional contract, in June 2024, Paul Dummett returned. The longest-serving player ever.
Last month, Newcastle confirmed that contract extension offers had been made to Dummett, Karius, Matt Ritchie and Mark Gillespie. In particular, Ritchie and Gillespie also confirmed to stay at the club until the end of the 2023/24 season.
Newcastle will start their pre-season matches with a friendly against Gateshead at St James’ Park on July 15, before facing Rangers three days later.