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Report – Newcastle May Be Forced To Cash In On Promising Academy Product

This summer will make it seven years since Freddie Woodman joined Newcastle from Crystal Palace as a 16-year-old in 2013. What happens this preseason could prove to be a crossroads for the now 23-year-old’s future on Tyneside.

Woodman signed an extension with Newcastle in August of last year that will keep him on the books until the summer of 2021. The club immediately shipped the young keeper to Swansea for a season-long loan.

The extension was a sort of compromise for the youngster, who’s original deal had just one year remaining. It gave both Freddie and Newcastle time to see where they both stood.

The idea was that Freddie would go to Swansea and get the first-team football he needed. Newcastle could evaluate his progress and evaluate their long-term plans for him.

Freddie has exceeded even the loftiest of expectations at the Liberty Stadium. He’s started every league match and kept 11 clean sheets for the Swans who sit in 11th position but just three points off a playoff place.

There is a report in Football Insider that says Freddie will sit down with Steve before next season begins to discuss his place in the head coach’s plans.

The report claims that Woodman may want to leave Newcastle for first-team football elsewhere. But they say Newcastle are keen to keep the promising goalkeeper at the club.

A lot will hinge on the meeting between Bruce and Woodman at the close of this season. The report says Newcastle could get as much as £10m for Woodman if they sold him this summer.

However, we hope that Bruce can use his man-management skills to convince Freddie to stay at Newcastle. Bruce could promise to send him out on loan for at least another year and then give him a chance to battle Martin Dubravka for the number one position in the 2021-22 season.

27 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Keeping Woodman and Matty makes huge sense as both add some home grown enthusiasm to the squad and in matches that shows as energy which can make a difference to team performance.

    Anyone heard from Bob Moncur yet ?

  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #2

    well what does FCB stand for ?…

  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #3

    only thing i can think of is FAT CHUBBY BASTARD…

  • hibbit

    Mar 26, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Munster @20 previous post

    the extremely poor health services in rural areas of the republic, the clowns that visited cheltenham festival being allowed to return so freely, and as you say his diabolical decision to allow the rugby to go ahead, he’s making as many mistakes as everyone else in his position. there all doing there best in this extraordinary time,

  • The mighty wyn

    Mar 26, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Repost Tom chubby Londoner with no parents

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #6

    The whole situation stinks.

    I’m travelling to and from work, its impossible to maintain social distancing at all times. Coming into contact with delivery guys, who knows who has handled materials first.

    Told we can’t go to shops, must stay on site.

    Same for millions of others but then I’m told I can only go out once a day for exercise, which pisses me off.

    I’ve a choice of risk Covid 19 or starve.

    The government’s 80% is bolocks, read the small print. Anyone expecting it, even if they’re employed by a company wants to check the fine print.

  • coming home

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #7


    Fat cockney barsteward

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Wish they’d change fat and cockney to greedy and lying.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #9

    The decision to say off licences are essential is ridiculous.

    A few may scoff but idol hands and alchol don’t mix.

    People are all ready anxious and stressed out, domestic violence will go up, I have no doubt.

    Neighbours arguing.

    More excuses for BBQs and parties.

    How sensible are piss heads?

    Anyone think a irresponsible drunk cares about your or my health?

    Does the Government not think the NHS has enough on its hands without the aftermath of a 3 week bender?

    Its irresponsible and a weak decision by the government, nows the perfect time for people who have a problem to quit or cut down with the pubs closed.

    Alcohol is a socially acceptable drug that does more damage than all the illegal ones combined.

    The government is a joke, full of lobbyists so I’m not surprised.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #10

    The real gateway drug is alchol

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Boycott@10…The lockdown in SA has started and they can’t buy alcohol… threatened riots, you can’t win either way.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #12


    If so many people need alchol or drugs because life is so bad/boring or whatever, what does it say about the quality of life they have?

    Things need to change.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #13

    OP If somebody had said 20 years ago that you would be able to buy alcohol in a garage 24/7 they would have locked you up mate, shows how powerful they are it’s shocking.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Moncur coming to Ashley’s rescue is typical. The club has shot itself in the foot repeatedly over this crisis, contacting season ticket holders should have been one of the first responses, but should have been done when there was still an option to offer a payment holiday.

    This very public too little too late response smacks of Keith bishop and his PR.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Hey all,

    Hope you are all keeping well, stay safe and take care.


    I hope they can find a way to keep you safe mate, I totally get the thing with money, I’m self employed and todays news might as well have been a kick in the onions. I will survive and I’m sure there are many in worse positions than me.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone who didn’t expect the club to take the money must have been asleep for the last 13 years.

    Do they know who the owner is?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #17

    The only shock is he didn’t hike the price substantially first.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #18


    It is what it is.

    I should be ok, depending how long it lasts. Hope you see it through too.

    It’s just so half arsed it pisses me off.

    The government and NHS should and could’ve been prepared for this.

    What would’ve happened if it was something worse than Covid 19, they cant cope with this and are unprepared.

    Theres a lot more nasty shit out there than this, as we can see, this is bad enough.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2020 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I thought the self employed were getting 2K a month?

  • carltoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s a proportion of 3 tax years. Up to 2,000. Paid in full in June. You can ask for a loan. or probably starve. Civil unrest seems likely. How are people going to survive.

  • carltoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Think that might mean up to 2,000 a month

  • carltoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #22

    It will be worked out on your tax returns, so if you earned more than 2,000 a month you won’t get any more.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 26, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #23


    Up to £2000 if you can prove you’ve made that in clear profit, for at least 3 years.

    I’m very small and make nothing like that amount. Also only been going 2 years so only have one set of figures in with HMRC, could apply might get something some time around June, but then it’s either repayable in lump sum or as added tax so it would be more hassle than it’s worth.

    As long as it’s only a couple of months I will be ok, longer than that could be a problem. There’s far worse things happening to people than being a bit skint and as my wife earns well I’m not going to be homeless or anything like that.

  • naptoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Seen the article in mirror about fat Ash’s shire brook sweatshop. Tried to post a link reminding mirror group of their “preferred” media partnership with him and their commercial deals with the parasite. They moderated it free press my rs.

  • naptoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Crafty as a badger crossing the road was old sunak with 80% of “profits” for the self employed. As he well knows most self employed minimise their profits and will have themselves making about £10000 so £8000 assistance over the year, about £150 a week when it finally comes through and after jumping through hoops. Stick to the guvvy jobs.

  • Jim Ileys Arms

    Mar 26, 2020 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #26

    If you minimise profits to reduce tax you shouldn’t be surprised if the taxman minimises what he gives you back. What goes around comes around.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 26, 2020 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #27

    #BoycottAshley – I don’t disagree with your comments in general about alcohol being society’s most harmful drug – there’s no doubt it is. But the reason why so many people abuse it is much more complex than simply they are bored and haven’t got a life as you suggest. I can speak from my own experience. I used it to excess for many years to self-medicate the effects of depression and anxiety which hadn’t been diagnosed. Other people have other stories and reasons.


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