Date: 1st August 2019 at 12:20pm
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OPINION

The future of young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has long been a source of debate amongst the .

Some have wanted him thrust into the first team picture, while others have urged patience. However, what they have almost all been in agreement with is that he is a future Magpies number one.

They’ll be delighted with the news first revealed by journalist Lee Ryder on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the 22-year-old has signed a one year extension to his contract with the north east giants.

The club later confirmed Ryder’s assertion on its official website, while confirming that he has joined Championship side on loan ahead of next season. The England youth international is now tied down until the summer of 2021.

This can only be positive news for the Newcastle , and they will likely be breathing a huge sigh of relief that the youngster’s future is sorted for the foreseeable future.

Heading into the new campaign Woodman was entering the final year of his current deal. Therefore he would’ve been allowed to negotiate with foreign clubs in January and leave on a free next summer.

If that had happened it would have undoubtedly infuriated an already-frustrated Magpies fanbase. Instead, he is locked down for the next couple of years, at the end of which he will presumably assess his situation with the club once again.

Woodman has all the potential in the world, but he needs to play regular football at a decent level if he is to progress to the stage where he can one day be called Newcastle’s first choice goalkeeper.

Playing for this season will give him that opportunity, while his contract extension ensures he will be around on Tyneside to compete with for a first team spot a year from now.