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Fraser Forster Wants First Team Football Next season

10:12 am, Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

6’6″ Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been on loan most of the season at Norwich City, and has been getting rave reports for his displays for the East Anglia club.

Fraser Forster - wants first team football again next season

Fraser has said he could find it difficult being at Newcastle next seaosn, if he is stuck in the Reserves, and doesn’t get a lot of football next season.

This is what Fraser said today:

“It’s very difficult,” “It will be very hard for me next season after playing so many games this season at a big club like Norwich.”

“To go back next season and not be involved will be very hard so really I want to be playing more games next season one way or the other.”

When Fraser says Norwich are a big club they are getting 25,000 home gates regularly this season, and that’s in England’s third division, so it’s great that a club that gets this level of support will be in the Championship next season.

Leeds are still in second place 9 points behind Norwich, but are just one point ahead of 3rd placed Milwall, with just 3 games to play – the top two get automatic promotion and the next 4 are in a play-off  for the 3rd promotion place.

It looks like Fraser wants to continue getting first team football and will ask Chris Hughton to be sent out on loan again, if he cannot make the Newcastle first team next season:

Fraser continued:

“It’s important for me to be playing games, but Harps is not going to let me in very easily. It’s always good competition.”

“I still train at Newcastle quite a bit. If I don’t have a midweek game with Norwich I train Monday, Tuesday with Newcastle.”

“It lets the rest of the lads and the coaches keep an eye on me, so that’s brilliant.”

Forster thinks he is now  a much better goalkeeper than the one who began the season on a four-game loan spell at Bristol Rovers before joining League One rivals Norwich in November, where he has played 39 games, and about half of them have been clean sheets.

Fraser continued:

“The loan’s going brilliantly for me,” ” “It’s fantastic experience and the team’s playing really well.”

“It’s been a brilliant season for me to get out and play week-in, week-out. It’s all part of my personal progression towards being a future Newcastle number one. I’m definitely a better player for it.. It’s been a brilliant experience.”

While Forster is happy as long as he can get first team football somewhere next season, he doesn’t see himself leaving the Newcastle club any time soon.

Fraser continued:

“As a local lad, that’s where I really want to make it (Newcastle) and I’m confident I can,”

“Steve Harper’s had a fantastic season and I’m sure he’ll carry that on into next season, but I’m just trying to close the gap on him and really push him for his place.”

Fraser has done great this season, and only recently Norwich City manager Paul Lambert said he’s the best 22 year-old goalkeeper he’s seen,  and thinks Forster will become world-class as he develops his game.

Newcastle really have an embarrassment of riches with the goalkeeping position with 35 year-old Steve Harper, 22 year-old Dutch U-21 International Tim Krul, Fraser Forster (22), 19 year old Swede Ole Söderberg and 16 year-old budding star Jak Alnwick, who has already played for Newcastle Reserves.

We cannot keep them all, but we should keep Tim and Fraser for as long as we can to see how they develop, and of course their transfer fee is rising all the time as both are getting better and better.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Fraser Forster · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Ole Soderberg · Steve Harper · Tim Krul



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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lull // Apr 22, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    1st :D

  • 2 nightfa11 // Apr 22, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    it’s awesome we have so many great keepers..unbelivable really…every team struggles cos of it…& they spend millions on flops..hmm.. :D & that’s fun to watch :D

    also

    haris said: “And yes, it is hard to say no to Alex Ferguson, who has a reputation of working very well with young players.”

    so i hope fergie retires this summer :)

    ..but IF haris really wants to go..id only let him if we swap him for rafael & tosic (+ maybe gibson ;) ) ..if not..put a 20 mio price tag on him.

    just read last year interview where he said he really gets along with viduka & duff – should we sign them back? :D

    also..he mentioned that r.money & wise brought him to the club..& that it was wise who persuaded him to sign for us. apparently haris almost signed for villa.

  • 3 Chris F // Apr 22, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    I’d let Forster go out on loan again next season, he does look a cracking player and Harps is clearly going to be #1 again next season, as he deserves to be.

    I’m sure Norwich would be ecstatic to have him back for another season, and the playing time will only help aid his development so it’s an all round win-win really.

  • 4 fongct // Apr 22, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    aye, loan him out next season and Norwich will welcome him back..a full season in championship will help him to develop

    I also hope Krul will be given chances in the league next season, not only in cups

    as much as I love Harper, he isnt young anymore, we need to give our youngster a real chance to takeover one day, starting with giving Krul the chances to play the rest of our 2 matches is the right thing to do

  • 5 TinoAsprilla // Apr 22, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Haroer could be our keeper for 5 more seasons, he’s not that old for a goalkeeper. Krul and Forster have potential but are not the finished article like Harps, we should stop making issues out of a position we are blessed in. Worst comes to the worst and we lose one of Krul or Forster, then so be it, because which ever one stays will undoubtedly be our first choice keeper when Harper eventually finishes. Still leaving Soderberg or Alnwick as number 2. In other words i’m sick of hearing about our keepers!!

  • 6 fongct // Apr 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    u r sick of hearing it doesnt mean u r right, Tino

    according to your logic, why should we sign promising young players?….Why should we learn from Arsenal’s model or even Barce’s model? If we want to use every established players, we should spend millionsss on established PL players rather than shouting for youngsters

    we have won our promotion, we have won our league title….giving Krul a chance to play for 2 matches is hard now…give Krul a fair chance isnt too much to ask, right?….how many games Harper has played this season, just give 2 games to Krul, you think it is an issue now…no wonder people think Wenger is special, it is just because he has the guts to give youngsters a chance, if the youngster has talents and potential, like Krul

  • 7 TinoAsprilla // Apr 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    fongct

    What are you talking about? I didn’t say we shouldn’t sign promising players or that we should spend millions, i didn’t say that at all.

    I said i think Harper should be number 1 in response to you saying:

    “Harper, he isnt young anymore, we need to give our youngster a real chance to takeover one day,”

    Whilst i agree at 35 Harps is winding down, i totally disagree with some fans saying we should turf him out to accomodate Krul and Forster, when right now, for next season, he is the best we have. And is integral to us staying up next season (which should be our only concern) We can worry about Arsenal/Barca models when we are stable.

    Send Forster back to Norwich, play Krul in both cups and let Soderberg sit on the bench for those. Everyone is happy then.

  • 8 AndyCanary // Apr 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Hi Toon fans.

    Fraser has indeed been absolutely sensational for us this year. I and many other Canary fans believe that without some of his no doubt ‘world class’ saves we’d not be any where near as comfortable as we are now.

    The only fault with Fraser is his kicking is often poor. However, it has improved as the season has gone on.

    It is outrageous that he isn’t the England U21’s #1. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he went on to be Englands #1.
    You have a very special talent lads and it won’t be long before he can demands a place in your starting line up.

    At Norwich we’re REALLY keen on keeping him on for another year. At the last game where we won the title the song that was sung the most with the most passion was (to the tune of London Bridge)
    Fraser Forster one more year, one more year one more year, Fraser Forster one more year… STAAAAY ATT NORRRRWICH!

    So I hope we can have him for another year before returning him to you guys :)

    Good job on winning promotion straight back up, must be something about teams begining with the letter N that win the league (Newcastle, Norwich, Notts County)

    :)




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