This is what weâ€™ll be seeing a lot more at Newcastle United, our young up and coming stars signing new contracts at the club.
Fraser Forster – delighted to sign improved contract with Newcastle
Newcastle Unitedâ€™s goalkeeper Hexham born Fraser Forster has signed a new improved contract that will keep him at St. James’ Park until 2010.
The promising 20-year-old has been a regular for the Newcastle Reserves side this season, and has won lots of plaudits for his vastly improved form this season.
Speaking to Newcastle World TV, the 6ft 6ins goalkeeper told of his joy at securing his Newcastle future:
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign my new contract at a club as big as this.â€ “I’ve worked hard at my game over the past couple of years and I definitely feel an improvement.â€
“It’s nice to hear other people say that I’m the club’s most improved player, but I know there’s still plenty of work to be done and I’m looking forward to doing that with the people at this club.”
And boss Kevin Keegan believes that Fraser can go onto challenge for an England Under-21 spot, as he believes the young goalkeeper is full of talent, as he told Newcastle World TV:
“Fraser has come on leaps and bounds and could become an outstanding goalkeeper,” “He has worked extremely hard and I was very keen to get him under contract.â€
“We will look for him to continue his development here, and there is no reason why he can’t go on to represent his country at under-21 level.”
Fraser seems to still be growing and at the start of the season he was listed at 6’4″, well that seems to have increased by a couple of inches, as he’s now listed at 6’6″. He’s probably still growing even now, but his next challenge should be making the England Under-21 squad – he’s certainly good enough to do just that.
We also have 20 year-old Dutchman Tim Krul returning soon from his successful loan spell at Falkirk (he has an injured shoulder right now), so it will be interesting what happens to our two young goalkeepers next year.
We would expect one of them to go out on loan for a full season, probably to a Championship side, and one to stay at the club to be Newcastle’s third string goalkeeper next season.
Note – we see Chris Mort on the left and Dennis Wise on the right of the above photograph – but anybody know who the middle three are?