Newcastle United have started the process of arranging loan deals for their most promising young stars, with Freddie Woodman making an instant impression within hours of signing on at Crawley Town.

The United keeper only agreed a deal yesterday but the 18 year old was thrust straight into action on Wednesday night.

With a confidence belying his years, Freddie Woodman comfortably kept a clean sheet as his on-loan team won 3-0 at Nuneaton.

Crawley were relegated from League One last season and as they look to instantly bounce back, Manager Mark Yates revealed that they have been after the Newcastle goalkeeper all summer and have fought off competition to land him.

Woodman has signed on for an initial stay up until January and hopefully he will see plenty of first team action to progress his career before returning to St James Park.

Mark Yates:

“What Freddie did he did he did well. You can see he is a confident young man, I have been after him all summer and I’ve got him! There were one or two others after him, but we like him.

“I would like to thank Lee Charnley and everyone at Newcastle for allowing it to make it happen.

“The kid’s a great keeper and has got a tremendous future. The only way he’s going to get a start is in his first loan spell.”

Also this week, striker Adam Armstrong went out to Coventry City until January.

The Newcastle striker has already been given a big lift before his debut for the on-loan club, Coventry releasing their squad numbers for the season and handing the Geordie striker the number nine shirt.

As for Freddie Woodman, he may head back to Newcastle in January but various media claim that dad Andy Woodman has now left United and is due to join up with his mate Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.