Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has hinted he is prepared to leave the club in order to continue playing first-team football regularly.
The English stopper is currently on loan at Championship side Swansea City, where he has really caught the eye.
Last term he helped the club reach the play-offs where they ultimately came up short in their bid to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
And this term, Woodman has been key between the sticks again for the Swans, keeping 16 clean sheets in 27 league games so far and personally conceding just 14 goals.
A big thing for Woodman is that he’s been playing regularly in Wales, and it seems that could have significance in terms of his future at Newcastle.
In an interview with The Athletic, it seems the 23-year-old would be open to leaving in order to continue getting regular minutes.
He said: “But, as happy as I am to have played those games, deep down, I want more. I see (Karl) Darlow doing really well now and I’ve watched Martin (Dubravka), Tim Krul, Steve Harper; all these goalies have played so many games.
“I think to myself, ‘I’d love to do that, to go out and play in front of 52,000 for such a massive club and rack up the games’.
“I look back and appreciate playing for such a big club but I also think, ‘Come on, I want to experience so much more and kick on’. It makes me super excited for what’s to come.”
An exit on the cards?
It definitely sounds like Woodman would not be afraid to leave the Magpies in order to play as someone else’s number one.
That’s understandable – having been Swansea’s main man since the summer of 2019 he obviously wouldn’t want to go back to warming a bench.
With Darlow and Dubravka fighting it out at St. James’ Park, it would probably be in Woodman’s best interests to seek a permanent departure.