Great news on Monday afternoon as Newcastle United confirm that Freddie Woodman has agreed a new four year deal.
Newcastle are clearly well populated with goalkeepers at the moment, with currently senior players Matz Sels, Tim Krul, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot all at St James Park.
However, potentially Freddie Woodman could be the best of the lot.
Undisputed top goalkeeper for England as he moves up the age bands, Woodman played every match in this summer’s Under 19s European Championships, going out at the semi final stage.
Two years ago, along with Adam Armstrong he was part of the England team that won the Under 17s European Championships in Malta.
Many supporters feared that when his father, Coach Andy Woodman followed his mate Alan Pardew out of the club, Newcastle would surely lose his promising son as well.
Happily this hasn’t proved the case.
Official Newcastle United statement:
‘Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has signed a new four-year deal with the Club.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has committed his future to the Magpies, putting pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at St. James’ Park until 2020.
He has extended his stay on Tyneside after a season in which he made his senior debut while on loan at Crawley Town, before helping England Under-19s reach the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championships earlier this summer.
After joining the Red Devils last July, London-born Woodman made 12 appearances at the Checkatrade.com Stadium before an injury to Tim Krul saw him return to the North-East after his season-long loan was cut short.
He ended last season as understudy to Karl Darlow in the United goal.
Woodman, who has been capped by England at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-19 level, also had a short spell on loan at Hartlepool United in 2014.
“I’m delighted,” he said.
“I’ve been at this Club for five years and I do consider this place home now.
“It’s a great moment for me and my family to continue the journey with Newcastle and sign for four more years.”