Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is desperate for more first team action.
“I’ve been trying to push to play for quite a long time and I’m quite an impatient person,” said Woodman.
The 20-year-old keeper won the World Cup with England U20s last summer, and knows the importance of getting minutes on the pitch.
The youngster is currently on loan at Aberdeen, after loan spells at Hartlepool, Crawley Town and Kilmarnock. He does not want to become another young player that is content playing in U23 games.
“I want to play football matches because that’s when I’m at my happiest. Hopefully if I can do well here and go back to Newcastle, I’ll see what’s in store for me there.
“I’m always pushing myself and always pushing the management team to start and play games because that’s when I’m happy.”
Woodman has made three league starts for Aberdeen since joining in January, and has stressed the importance of regular first team football.
“I’ve been on a few loans now and you need to get out, you need to learn.
“You need to go and play in these atmospheres, you need to experience making mistakes and playing well and playing week-in, week-out.”
Woodman currently has two senior goalkeepers ahead of him in the pecking order at Newcastle in Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, and a third if you include loan signing Martin Dubravka.
Whether or not the young World Cup winner can force his way into the first team on Tyneside is yet to be seen, but he’s certainly not going to sit on his hands waiting for his chance.
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