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Newcastle Goalkeeper’s Future Seems In Limbo

Fraser Forster’s future is shrouded in uncertainty at the moment, but it seems clear he does not want to sign on at Celtic, and we think that’s to do with the uncertainly surrounding the SPL, now that Rangers will not be part of the league next season.

Fraser Forster – will report to training at Newcastle a week tomorrow

So who will challenge Celtic next season north of the border, and give them a game, with Rangers not being around?

Fraser has spent the last two seasons at Parkhead, and he seems a decent keeper, and Newcastle want only £2M for him, and of course with Tim Krul coming through so well last season, and Newcastle signing back-up Rob Elliot last summer from Charlton, Forster does not have a future at Newcastle.

We expect Fraser to leave Newcastle for some other club this summer, and while he does have two years left on his five year deal on Tyneside,  Newcastle now think is the time to let him go permanently.

Newcastle will have four senior goalkeepers report for pre-season training a week tomorrow – Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Steve Harper and Fraser Forster, but Newcastle are likely to bring in another goalkeeper this summer, to replace Forster.

That’s because it seems that manager Alan Pardew wants three senior goalkeepers at St. James’  Park, and Steve Harper will most likely spend the final year of his contract out on loan for the season.

From what the Newcastle manager said yesterday – it would appear Forster is on his way,  once a deal can be arranged with another club.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the Hexham-born keeper:

“At the moment, he is coming back to us,”   “He will be with us until he finds a club and we find a fee that works for us.”

Fraser could not reach terms with Celtic, after Celtic had the first chance of signing Forster at the £2M fee, which was probably in last season’s loan contract with Celtic.

But with the precarious state of the SPL right now, Celtic may find it difficult to sign top players this summer.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Hi Guys another article of Mine,

    Pls read if you have time


  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    no chance this time, I am first

  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    U ruined my dream of a double 🙁

  • martoon

    Jun 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian – quite an interesting slant – you don’t see many articles about the backroom staff. Just being picky but the metaphor is ‘hard as nails’ not ‘tough as nails’.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    i had always heard Tough as nails, may be its the Indian version 🙂 I will remember it

    Thanks For your feedback

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Tough as old boots.
    Feel Fraser has a good future just not in newcastle or Scotland. He’d be best off if he could go to a championship side to prove himself

  • bigmattyn

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t worry Indian Magpie, you can say tough as nails. These guys don’t know what they’re talking about

  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Keep him on

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Forster is better the ELLIOTT, i think

  • deeeeeeano

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    I think he would get a game for a few of the prem teams but we can’t keep him, he is better than Elliott but he wants first team football and he ain’t getting it here

  • markmac

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    maybe we could pursuade him to stay for the season if a promise of some games in the europa and carling cup etc, we deffo need a better backup than elliott the only problem now is that FF has tasted 1st team footy so wont want to go n sit back on the bench

  • martoon

    Jun 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    bigmattyn – As this is a football blog I don’t want to get into a prolonged English argument. Although the phrase ‘tough as nails’ is sometimes used it is actually mixing the 2 metaphors mentioned earlier.

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #13

    £2mill ain’t that much.. keep him, he’d be great back up for krul, and could play europa, and league cup games

  • timzrus

    Jun 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve said this before about big Fraser, he clearly doesn’t want to carry on playing his football in Scotland, but he’s between a rock and a hard place because Pardew clearly doesn’t rate him despite the fact that he has European experience and actually did very well last season in that sphere with Celtic including sound performances against the likes of Atletico Madrid who went on to win the Europa Cup.

    Who can blame the big guy for having ambitions of representing his country, but if he can’t even get a game for his parent club, or so far attract another in England, what chance does he have?

    He is a very good ‘keeper and would be capable of playing in the Premiership which certainly doesn’t have a surfeit of brilliant ‘keepers.

  • bigmattyn

    Jun 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15


    Which is why there are countless books with the title tough as nails….

    English people use the phrase hard as nails, Americans tend to say tough as nails. Doesn’t make one more correct than the other


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