Freddie Woodman has had a great six months and he is surely a player who is going to see his stock rise ever further.
Going on loan to Kilmarnock in January, the then 19 year old keeper had an excellent second half of the season.
Playing against the likes of Celtic and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, Freddie Woodman played 15 first team matches and got rave reviews.
Former Newcastle player Lee Clark took the goalkeeper on loan to Kilmarnock, along with young teammates Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts.
After progressing in his club career, Woodman then went and played a key part in England winning the Under 20s World Cup AND picked up the award for top keeper.
With focus now swinging back to club football, it will be interesting to see what the next move is for the promising goalkeeper.
Thursday morning has seen the media in Bury reveal that Lee Clark hopes to take the NUFC keeper on loan once again.
Clark left Kilmarnock for League One Bury in February, only a month after the Newcastle trio had moved north of the border on loan.
The Bury Times report Lee Clark saying that he will have to be patient and finding out whether he can land his goalkeeping target (Woodman) might be a case of being ‘brave’ and waiting until the final stages of the transfer window.
The first team goalkeeping position at Newcastle is very much shrouded in doubt for next season, with Rafa Benitez clearly trying to bring in a new experienced number one.
However, it looks certain that Freddie Woodman will go out on loan.
After impressing in the Scottish Premier League, it remains to be seen whether Rafa sees the similar standard of League One in England as the next step in his progression, or maybe be looking higher at the Championship? Obviously getting games will be key wherever Woodman ends up.
On the incoming transfer front, Clark is interested in taking England Under-20s’ World Cup-winning goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on loan from Newcastle United.
The Shakers are in the market for a new shot-stopper to compete with Joe Murphy for the number one shirt. Ex-York City keeper Kyle Letheren has been on trial and played the second half of the pre-season opener against Sunderland. However, it is not thought the 29-year-old will be offered a deal.
“At this moment in time Joe hasn’t got a challenge,” Clark said.
“I have got a target in mind which I am working hard on.
“I am going to have to be patient and be brave because it might have to go right down to the last couple of days before the season starts, unless something else appears.”