Preston have signed Freddie Woodman and the goalkeeper has taken to social media to say an emotional goodbye to Newcastle United.
North End were desperate to land a new first-choice goalkeeper after Daniel Iversen’s loan deal came to an end.
A few names were linked, such as Benjamin Siegrist and Matt Ingram, but they amounted to nothing.
Preston instead pounced to sign Woodman on a three-year deal in what looks like a rather ambitious move.
Preston have signed Freddie Woodman
Woodman was entering the final year of his Newcastle contract and it was ultimately make or break time for him.
Now 25, Woodman isn’t a kid anymore. Loans with a vague hope of first-team football at Newcastle just weren’t good enough anymore.
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Woodman has now chosen to join Preston on a permanent deal, immediately becoming the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.
This looks to be a perfect move for Preston given that Woodman was superb in a two-year loan spell with Swansea City.
Woodman even won the Championship Golden Glove award last year and his arrival is seen as one that signals Preston’s intent moving forward.
It’s ultimately an emotional move for Woodman though, who joined Newcastle from Crystal Palace back in 2011.
Woodman was only ever able to make four starts for Newcastle but he spent 11 years with the Magpies.
After six loan moves away, it’s now time for Woodman to go and excel with a permanent club – and he has said an emotional goodbye to Newcastle.
Woodman has taken to Instagram to post a heartfelt message, thanking all the fans, staff and players who made his time at St James’ Park so memorable.
Woodman added that Newcastle is a ‘fantastic’ city and he loves the buzz around the club once again, wishing Newcastle all the best with their new project under Eddie Howe.