Newcastle prospect questions Magpies' handling of his development

Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick regrets not being allowed to move on loan earlier in his career.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has queried the club's handling of his development during an interview with the Chronicle.

Alnwick was thrown in at the deep-end by the Magpies this season, after injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliott, and he feels that his progression was handled incorrectly.

The 21-year-old stopper says that Newcastle should have allowed him to leave on loan earlier in his career, rather than keeping him in their reserves, so that he was ready to impress in the senior squad when called upon.

“Most other goalkeepers go out on loan and make their mistakes in League Two where it is not highlighted as much," he said. 

“Whereas my first senior game was Premier League. Everything in the Premier League is highlighted. You are going to make mistakes, every young 'keeper is going to make mistakes but it’s all about learning from it and playing more games.”

Alnwick has got the loan move that he so badly craved now, with the goalkeeper currently plying his trade at League One Bradford City.

The stopper made his debut for the Bantams in their 1-1 draw with Notts County earlier in the month and he will be hoping to play a big part in their promotion push.

Alnwick has added motivation to impress on his temporary move as he is not only playing to help Bradford, but to save his Newcastle career too.

The youngster's contract at St. James' Park expires this summer and he needs to start changing people's minds at the club, after what was a nervy start to life in Newcastle's first-team. 

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