Crawley Town boss Mark Yates is looking forward to seeing who he considers as one of the country's best young goalkeepers in Freddie Woodman.The highly-rated Woodman arrived on loan at the Checkatrade.com Stadium from Premier League side Newcastle United, and will remain with the Sky Bet League 2 outfit until the beginning of January.
“We are delighted to have been able to bring one of the best young goalkeepers in the country to the club,” Yates told the Reds' official website.
“The only thing Freddie lacks at the moment is experience in League football and that is what this loan spell with give him.
"He has all the attributes to become a top-class keeper and I have to thank Steve McClaren, Andy Woodman and everyone at Newcastle for letting us have Freddie for the first half of the season.”
Delighted to have signed for @crawleytown on loan. Good 3-0 win tonight good start ! Can't wait to get started in the league. Not long now !— Freddie Woodman (@41Woodman41) July 29, 2015
Woodman has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Magpies, but he was understudy to Tim Krul towards the back-end of last season's Premier League campaign.
The 18-year-old made his debut for Newcastle's reserves at the age of 14, was a European Championship winner with England’s Under 17s last year and has now featured for the national team at Under 19 level.