Newcastle United youngster Freddie Woodman admits frustration at lack of playing time

Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman during the warm up

The England Under-19s goalkeeper was a regular substitute this season but is yet to make his senior debut for Newcastle.

Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman during the warm up

Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has admitted to the club's official website that he has been left frustrated by his failure to make his senior debut for the club this season.

The Magpies began the season with long-serving Dutchman Tim Krul as number one, before his injury saw Rob Elliot take over until his own campaign was cut short by injury and Karl Darlow came in to replace the Irishman.

Throughout that injury crisis Woodman found himself on the bench for the Tyneside club on several occasions after he was recalled from a loan spell at Crawley Town upon Krul's injury, particular in the latter weeks of the campaign when Darlow was the only fit first-team goalkeeper available.

Newcastle United's Rob Elliot

However, the 19-year-old stopper is still yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and the teenager admitted it has been frustrating to be so close to the action to no avail.

Woodman told the club's official website: "I've been so close so many times. At the end of the season I'd been on the bench nearly 30 times and not to get a game is so frustrating, but I'm still young, I'm still learning.

"I'm at my happiest when I'm playing, but I have to keep going, be patient and I know my chance will come, as long as I keep my standards high and keep the good habits that I've got.

Newcastle's Karl Darlow

"If I can come back here and I've got a chance of having a crack at the first team, I'll definitely give it a go."

Woodman may find himself on the fringes again next season with competition for the number one spot have intensified as both Elliot and Darlow having impressed during their stints as number one.

However, with a report last month claiming that Italian side AC Milan are interested in bringing Krul to the San Siro, Woodman might hold out hope of a debut as Newcastle get to grips with the heavier schedule of life in the Championship.

Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman before the match

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