Newcastle loan player Jak Alnwick has shown ‘incredible courage’ according to new manager Phil Parkinson.
The Bardford boss has taken on Alnwick and given him a much needed chance to show clubs what he can do before his contract at Newcastle ends at the end of this summer.
Yesterday saw Jak Alnwick get his first action since Tim Krul’s return at United, with the young keeper putting in some great saves to keep Notts County out, until being beaten in the 75th minute.
That goal cancelling out Bradford’s one goal lead, each team going away with a point in the League 1 encounter. This leaves the Bantams 3 points outside the play-off places.
Alnwick can’t take any part in Bradford’s FA Cup adventure (replay at Reading on Monday night for semi-final place) after having appeared in Newcastle’s dismal exit at Leicester, however Parkinson says he will be given every chance to compete with first choice Ben Williams to keep goal in the league games.
Talking about his Newcastle loan player, Phil Parkinson had this to say:
“He has handled big occasions and what a challenge that was, iincredible courage coming off the bench against Chelsea (for Newcastle) and playing as well as he did.”
“Jak is determined to make an impression here, he is a young lad but we’ve got a really good experienced keeper in Ben and that will be good competition.
“The fact that Jak has played those Premier League games so recently, helps us.”
Newcastle no happy to let Alnwick go:
“It’s been really difficult as all the Premier League clubs want to keep three keepers but it’s also the same in the Championship – they don’t want to let anyone out.
“Fortunately for us John Carver has let us have Jak because Rob Elliot has come back fit and they have also got young Freddie Woodman who’s been used on the bench as well.