I've not thought about Newcastle yet, says Karl Darlow

On loan Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow says that he is not distracted by his impending move to Newcastle United.

Karl Darlow has told the Shields Gazette that he has not even thought about Newcastle United yet. 

Darlow joined the Magpies from Nottingham Forest in the summer, but he was immediately loaned back to the Championship club and it seems that the Reds have his undivided attention at the moment. 

Despite this, Darlow's form has been criticised by a section of Forest supporters. The 24-year-old was one of the side's best performers last campaign, but he has fallen short of his own high standards this time around and he has been accused of not being focused on the task ahead. 

Naturally, Darlow refutes these claims and he says that he is currently only motivated by helping Forest out. 

“I have not thought about being up at Newcastle, it has not crossed my mind,” Darlow is quoted as saying by the Shields Gazette. “I have only been up there once. That is it.

“I keep getting tweets from people saying that my mind is up in Newcastle already. But it is not at all. I want to finish this season with Forest and I want to do well with Forest.

“Mentally, it has not been a problem. It is a strange situation to be in as a player. But the way I am mentally, I just want to play in every game and play as well as I can for Forest."

The problem for Darlow is that he may not even have the chance to represent Forest again, after Dorus de Vries committed his future to the club this weekend.

The Dutchman is in direct competition with Darlow for a place at the City Ground and Dougie Freedman may feel he is the better choice as he will be sticking around beyond the end of the season. 

De Vries actually replaced Darlow in goal towards the end of Stuart Pearce's time in charge at the City Ground and he will be hoping to do so again, even under a new manager. 

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