On August 1st of last year, it was announced that Freddie Woodman had extended his Newcastle contract an extra year to 2021 as he was shipped off for a season-long loan to Swansea. The 23-year-old had an excellent campaign with the Swans before suffering an oblique injury against Leeds a few weeks ago.
The injury ended his season at the Liberty Stadium and brought to an end a 43 game streak of league starts for Freddie. A stretch during which he kept 12 clean sheets.
Swansea are miraculously still alive and in the promotion hunt after a wild finale to the season saw them close a large goal difference gap with Nottingham Forest to claim the final playoff place.
Swansea won the first leg against Brentford in the semi-finals 1-0 and play the away leg on Wednesday. Woodman likely won’t be able to play any further part in their push for promotion.
However, he may not have played his final game for Swansea. Wales Online is reporting that Woodman has returned to Newcastle and held positive talks about extending the loan spell for another year.
Steve Bruce mentioned earlier this month that he would prefer Woodman go back out on loan which mirrors the wishes of the young goalkeeper.
This is what Bruce about Freddie to the Chronicle:
“Freddie is in that situation where he wants to play.
“So we will review the whole situation. I understand that Freddie wants to play.
“We are very fortunate that we have two excellent goalkeepers in [Martin] Dubravka and Karl Darlow who are terrific.
“Freddie has done well at Swansea. An ideal solution that we let Freddie go out again [on loan] depending on contracts and things like this.
“That is one situation that we’re looking at.”
Newcastle have since brought in Mark Gillespie to battle Darlow for the number two spot. So Woodman would best be served going back on loan. Since he made great strides in his progress with Swansea, that’s an ideal place for him to play next season.
However, there is the issue with his contract that must be attended to as it doesn’t serve Newcastle’s interest to have Woodman see out the final year of his contract out on loan. So hopefully, Newcastle and Freddie can agree to an extension of some sort in the coming weeks.