Championship side Preston North End are in the race to recruit Newcastle United shot-stopper Freddie Woodman but there is still work to be done in their quest to get an agreement over the line, according to Lancs Live.
The 25-year-old has been rarely used at St James’ Park over the past 12 months despite being kept on Tyneside, eventually heading out to AFC Bournemouth on loan in January as he sought regular first-team football.
Unfortunately for the shot-stopper, Mark Travers remained as Scott Parker’s first-choice option between the sticks and this meant Woodman made just one appearance during his time at the Vitality Stadium.
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That appearance came in a humiliating 1-0 home defeat to non-league side Boreham Wood, with the Newcastle man enduring a couple of shaky moments and failing to stake his claim for the number one shirt.
And with Eddie Howe’s men unwilling to let Karl Darlow go and Martin Dubravka remaining at St James’ Park as another first-team option, he could be out of the first-picture on Tyneside yet again next term.
Preston are one side who are interested in pouncing with a further deal for Daniel Iversen in doubt amid interest from Boro, though there’s still work to be done if they want to lure Woodman to Lancashire.
Woodman would be a good addition for Preston and would go some way in replacing Iversen, who was such a reliable figure for the Lilywhites throughout his two loan spells at Deepdale.
For the player, it’s a shorter move than the one he made to the south coast earlier this year and he would almost certainly be the first-choice shot-stopper if he was to arrive, so this is a move that makes sense for him.
A second shot-stopper is yet to come in – but it’s unlikely that they will spend a huge amount and this is why Woodman is likely to see a backup come in if he arrives as opposed to someone who will take his starting place.
Just over a year ago, the 25-year-old played a big part in getting Swansea City to the play-off final so he should be demanding as much playing time as he possibly can. If he is happy to sit on the bench again, his career will stall and that’s the last thing he will want.
He may have over a decade still left in the tank as a professional football considering he’s a goalkeeper – but he needs to start playing regularly sooner rather than later if he’s to have any chance of fulfilling his potential.