Swansea City goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has said he’s relishing his first season playing Championship football, and is keen to repay the faith shown in him by the Welsh side.
Woodman, 22, signed for Swansea City from Newcastle United on a season-long loan deal in the summer.
He’s been a prominent figure for the Swans so far this season, playing in all of Swansea’s 15 Championship games so far.
Having spent time on-loan with Accrington Stanley and Aberdeen prior, Woodman is relishing this season with Swansea in the Championship:
“I got game-time in League Two and in Scotland, but the Championship is a whole new ball game,” explained Woodman to the Swans’ official website.
“I’m really enjoying it. You come up against teams every week who are giving you a different challenge.
“I feel I am getting better and learning something every week. It’s brilliant for my development and I hope it’s also helping Swansea because of the faith they have shown in me.”
Swansea appointed Steve Cooper in the summer, and the former England youth coach guided the club to an unprecedented start to the season, winning seven of their opening eight Championship games.
“I am delighted with how things are going. Our defensive performances have been good. I think I’ve developed a good relationship with the players – the back four especially,” said Woodman.
“It was important that I understood what type of players they are and for them to understand the type of goalkeeper I am.”
The London-born keeper was initially part of the Crystal Palace set-up, but joined Newcastle in 2013 where his father was a goalkeeping coach.
He’s kept five clean sheets in the Championship this season, and made 43 saves – the fifth-most of any keeper in the league.
Swansea look to have finally returned to winning ways after their early season form took a turn. Cooper’s side went winless through the whole of September, but find themselves joint-second in the table after consecutive wins.
Woodman and co travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, in what’ll prove another tough outing in the Championship.
Cooper will need his stopper on top-form at Hillsborough and after impressing so far this season, who knows how far the Englishman could go in his footballing career.