Newcastle have signed up top young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on a four year deal.
Woodman is one of our best young players at the club and he recently starred for the England U-19 side in the U-19 European Championships in Germany, with England being beaten 2-1 by Italy in the semi-finals.
He was also in the England U-17 team two years ago along with Adam Armstrong, that won the European U-17 Championship, when we beat Germany in the final.
It’s excellent news the club have signed up this top young player.
Freddie Woodman – after signing 4 year deal
Here’s Newcastle’s statement:
Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has signed a new four-year deal with the Club.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has committed his future to the Magpies, putting pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at St. James’ Park until 2020.
He has extended his stay on Tyneside after a season in which he made his senior debut while on loan at Crawley Town, before helping England U-19s reach the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championships earlier this summer.
After joining the Red Devils last July, London-born Woodman made 12 appearances at the Checkatrade.com Stadium before an injury to Tim Krul saw him return to the North-East after his season-long loan was cut short.
He ended last season as understudy to Karl Darlow in the United goal.
Woodman, who has been capped by England at U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 level, also had a short spell on loan at Hartlepool United in 2014.
This is what Freddie has said about his new deal:
“I’m delighted,” “I’ve been at this Club for five years and I do consider this place home now.”
“It’s a great moment for me and my family to continue the journey with Newcastle and sign for four more years.”
There had been some rumors earlier this year that Freddie may be moving to Crystal Palace to rejoin his father Andy – who’s the goalkeeper coach there and was part of Alan Pardew’s coaching team at Newcastle – one reason Freddie joined Newcastle.
But it seems that once Rafa Benitez came in things settled down a lot and the world-class manager is building Newcastle United into a top club in England.
We’ve got to believe that Freddie has seen that happening in front of his eyes over the last several months.
It’s s now likely that Freddie will be sent out on a season-long loan so he gets first team experience that will aid in his development as a potential top class goalkeeper of the future.