Fred­die ready to wait and see what sea­son holds for him

WOOD­MAN UN­SURE OF NEXT MOVE AS FIVE KEEP­ERS FIGHT FOR THE NUM­BER ONE JER­SEY

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By LEE RY­DER lee.ry­der@reach­plc.com @lee_ry­der

FRED­DIE Wood­man will wait un­til later in pre-sea­son to see what his next move is af­ter re­turn­ing to first-team train­ing with New­cas­tle United.

The Eng­land Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional spent the sec­ond half of last term on loan at Aberdeen but is now back in the mix with the Mag­pies along­side Martin Dubravka, Karl Dar­low, Rob El­liot and Matz Sels.

Sels is also back at the club af­ter fail­ing to get a move to An­der­lecht ear­lier in the sum­mer mean­ing there is cur­rently a five-man fight to get game-time in pre-sea­son.

It is a sit­u­a­tion that is surely un­man­age­able with one of United’s goal­keep­ers cer­tain to go out on loan be­fore the win­dow shuts.

Speak­ing from Ire­land, Wood­man said: “It’s re­ally strong. There’s five of us now in the goalkeeping depart­ment since Martin came in.

“He ob­vi­ously did re­ally well last sea­son.

“I watched the games up in Scot­land, and he made some re­ally good per­for­mances.”

Wood­man is be­lieved to be wanted by a num­ber of League One and Cham­pi­onship clubs while Kil­marnock would also love to have him back for the 2018/19 sea­son.

For now, Wood­man is us­ing the next cou­ple of weeks to learn as much as he can from his se­nior col­leagues.

The Croy­don-born goalie, talk­ing to the club’s TV chan­nel, said: “The other lads are re­ally good as well – Karl and Rob – and ob­vi­ously Matz has done well over in Bel­gium (with loan club An­der­lecht). It’s re­ally good.

“It’s good to train with these guys

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