It seems that Bristol Rovers have clinched the loan signing of Newcastle’s highly-rated goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Fraser Forster – promising young goalkeeper at Newcastle
Fraser was born in nearby Hexham and has been an impressive youngster at the Newcastle club for the last couple of years.
Now standing at 6-6″ (he was 6’4″ two years ago), Fraser is being sent out on loan to gain match experience, as Steve Harper and Tim Krul, the 21 year-old Dutch U21 International hold the fort on Tyneside.
Fraser had an impressive spell at Stockport county last October, and at that time Stockport wanted to retain his services for the season, but he was sent back to Newcastle.
Forster started his first game for Stockport on 7th October in the Football League Trophy second round, where the team lost 1–0 away to Bury. Fraser then started his first league game for Stockport on 11th October, in a 1–1 draw away to Southend United.
He returned to Newcastle on 1st November, after completing his loan spell at Stockport playing six league games and keeping three clean sheets.
Bristol Rovers had been in the market for a new goalkeeper for a while, and have agreed a month-long deal with Forster.
Stand-in coach Chris Hughton talked about the goalkeeper situation at Newcastle:
“Steve Harper, of course, is the No 1 goalkeeper, but where we’ve been fortunate is that we’ve got two very good goalkeepers underneath him – Tim Krul and Fraser Forster.”
“And I think what these two lads will do is put pressure on Stevie Harper.” “Any goalkeeper you speak to likes that competition.”
“Steve is a very experienced goalkeeper, and shows that experience on the pitch and around the club.”
“We’re delighted. Of course, we’ve got an even younger goalkeeper who we feel has the potential to improve as well in Ole Soderberg.”
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Fraser does well, that his loan spell will be extended at Bristol.
Of course by that time we would hope to have a new owner and a new manager in place on Tyneside, although we’ll not hold our breath on that one.