Newcastle 20-year-old: I have thought about leaving St. James' Park next season
By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman has revealed that he is considering moving back up to Scotland next season after a superb loan spell with Kilmarnock.
Woodman, 20, has starred between the sticks and was even named in Chris Sutton’s team of the week for his performance and clean sheet during the 2-0 win over Hamilton on Saturday.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the Toon academy product has revealed that he is considering a return to the Scottish Premiership next season after talks with manager Rafa Benitez.
Woodman used Fraser Forster as an example as he looks to reach the top of the game, after the England international left Newcastle to join Celtic before returning down south.
“It’s crossed my mind. I can’t lie. I have thought about coming back to Scotland and Kilmarnock,” Woodman revealed.
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“The manager (Benitez) said I needed experience and he thinks I need some more next season because the Premier League is massive and you need to be some keeper to play in that league.
“I look at Fraser Forster’s situation. He left Newcastle, went to Celtic and now he’s back in the Premier League.”
Woodman has conceded just 15 goals in 14 games since arriving at Lee McCulloch’s side, as well as keeping four clean sheets against the likes of St. Johnstone, Rangers, Hearts and Hamilton.
Benitez has a multitude of goalkeepers available to him at St. James’ Park, following the return of long-term absentee Rob Elliot from a knee injury.
Ireland international Elliot joins Karl Darlow and Matz Sels in vying for a place in the first team, while Holland star Tim Krul remains on loan with AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie.
With Krul returning, Woodman is likely to be considered fifth choice goalkeeper on Tyneside and another loan move is likely to serve his career better with Scotland his preferred destination.
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