Freddie Woodman has been in superb form at Swansea and despite worries over his future, his comments to the Chronicle are sure to make pleasant reading for Newcastle fans.
The England Under-21 goalkeeper had refused to sign a long-term deal on Tyneside under Rafa Benitez, which saw a loan move blocked by the Spaniard.
Woodman thought the terms being offered were not representative of an international under-21 player, which led to rumours that he may leave.
But he signed a one-year extension to his current deal, before heading to Wales for the season, which means when he returns, he will, again, be entering the final year of his contract.
But when he spoke to the Chronicle, he told of his desire to follow in the steps of the Longstaffs, and make it into the Newcastle first-team picture.
That suggests he is open to the possibility of signing a new long-term deal, which would only be good news for the football club.
Asked about breaking into the senior side at St James’ Park, Woodman said: “It’s always my aim. It is absolutely brilliant for Sean [Longstaff] to be in there now.”
Woodman knows Dubravka is still the number one choice
Obviously, Woodman is unlikely to oust Martin Dubravka from the number one spot, but he could – and should – be his full-time back-up next season, which would likely see Karl Darlow leave in the summer.
But the young stopper is sensible enough to know that.
“I am realistic, Martin Dubravka was number one, I loved working with him every day,” added Woodman. “He pushed me to be the best.”
So it seems that Woodman would be willing to continue to learn from the Slovak international, while biding his time for an opportunity.
The best thing Newcastle could do is get him to sign a new, long-term deal during the season, to prevent him being poached by other interested clubs as he begins the final year of his current deal.
Offer him terms that assure him of his future stature at the club, and make sure he is groomed to be the long-term successor to Dubravka. It would make financial sense, and save the club a fortune on a future transfer fee if Dubravka were to leave.