Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka claimed he is close to agreeing a contract extension at Newcastle, which the club hope is the first of many new deals to be signed by key players.

But while it is good news for the club’s immediate future, it could throw the future of one of its longer-term prospects into doubt.

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Freddie Woodman has long-been considered the future of Newcastle between the posts, but his future has been in limbo for a while, and it started long before Steve Bruce arrived.

Woodman was offered a deal before last season, but the Shields Gazette claimed he was unhappy with the terms on offer, and refused to sign it, which resulted in Rafa Benitez not allowing the youngster to go on loan.

This summer, the England Under-21 international was approaching the final year of his deal, and opted to sign a one-year extension at St James’ Park, before making his loan move to Championship side Swansea.

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It remains to be seen what happens next summer, when he will be back in the same position of entering the last year of his contract, and would surely have been hoping for a chance on Tyneside.

 

But news of a new deal for Dubravka may have dashed those hopes, although if Karl Darlow leaves the north east, Woodman could find himself as the next in line to the Slovakian.

Whether that will be enough for a player who has now had a taste of first team football in Wales, and said recently how much he is loving playing for the Swans, is another matter.

Newcastle must convince Woodman to stay at the club

It is vital that Newcastle do not lose one of the top prospects at the club. They must find a way of convincing him that he is seen as a valuable asset, and that he is the future of the team.

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They could start by offering him a deal that recognises that, and rewards him as such. They should also assure him that he will get his chances in cup games, and have him on the bench for league games next season.

If they can manage to persuade both Woodman and Dubravka to commit to Newcastle for the long-term, they will ensure that the goalkeeping department is in safe hands for the foreseeable future, and beyond.

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