Newcastle United have confirmed Freddie Woodman has joined Preston North End on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old had been with Newcastle for nine years.
? Freddie Woodman has completed a permanent move to Championship side Preston North End.
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Woodman joined Newcastle from Crystal Palace in 2013. He ends his time at St. James’ Park with 9 appearances, including 4 in the Premier League. His contract was due to expire next summer.
Freddie has signed on at Deepdale for the next three years. He’s an outstanding addition for the Lilywhites. Woodman has proven to be a top Championship shot-stopper from his two seasons on loan with Swansea.
This is what Freddie told pnefc.net about moving to Preston:
“I’m absolutely delighted. It’s been a while trying to get this over the line, but I’m delighted to be here and I feel very honored to be joining such a fantastic football club and a football club that’s going in the right direction.
“I spoke to the manager, not that he had to sell the football club to me, but the way that he works, he’s very passionate and he spoke very highly of the club.
“Obviously I knew Marshy [Mike Marsh] coming here. He played a big part in me picking Preston over other clubs that I had offers from.
“But also myself, I’ve played against Preston and I’ve never had an easy day at Deepdale, and I want to come here and give these fans something that they deserve.”
Preston’s manager Ryan Lowe, who managed Magpie Kell Watts during his loan spell at Plymouth, is delighted to have Woodman in his ranks. Here is what he said about his new keeper:
“We were aware Freddie wanted a new challenge and I’m really pleased we’ve got it done.
“We’ve beaten off some competition for Freddie as he’s seen what we’re trying to build here at Preston North End.
“We feel he’s going to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship.
“His attributes are playing out from the back and his goal saving of course, so he’ll be a top player for us and we’re really excited to start working with him.
“Marshy’s [Mike Marsh] worked with him before with England and with Swansea for two seasons, so when he’s telling you to sign him it becomes a no brainer.”
Preston finished 13th in the Championship last term. Woodman should have a clear path to the starting eleven as Daniel Iversen has returned to Leicester City after his successful loan spell. The Dane started all 46 league matches last season.
We wish Freddie the best of luck and hope he shines at Deepdale. It would be great to see a historic club like Preston North End get back to England’s top flight with Freddie in goal.
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