Fraser Forster Sent On Loan To Bristol Rovers

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.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • magforlife

    Aug 1, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Its only for a month but who is making these decisions?

  • geordie_graham

    Aug 1, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #2

    havent been on this site in months cant watch wot is happenin to this club its disgustin. i came on to pay my respect to bobby. i hope somethin can be dun very soon. i am scared sh1tless we will become the new leeds.

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 1, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Why is Harper “of course the No 1” goalie? He was crap last year, if Given stayed I’m positive Newcastle would still be a premiership club.

    It’s time blood Tim Krul now, he’s a man for the future. Harper is 34 already, and he’s not all that good. Loyal yes, but good? I don’t think so.
    Let Krul have a go this season, he has the hight and the abilities to become a very good goalkeeper for this club.

  • shearer4pm

    Aug 1, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #4

    wow long time no comment ,
    i am from yeovil which is pretty much the closest team to bristol rovers, except city, both teams are mentioned in the same local paper, so i shall be able to keep a close eye on him, hope he does well, except when he plays us,

    i get asked why i support newcastle alot, and bobby robson is one of the main reasons,so id like so send my thoughts to his friends and family, great man will be missed, i seen my first toon game under bobby and like i said along with alan shearer and nobby solano, is the reason i support the toon, and that all manu fans are penis’s :), never regreted my decision 🙂


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