Dons loan keeper Woodman determined to be first choice

New Aberdeen loan signing Freddie Woodman.

NEWCASTLE United keeper Freddie Woodman today insisted he not did sign a loan deal with Aberdeen to sit on the bench.

The 20-year-old is determined to be the Reds’ No.1 choice with Joe Lewis set to be sidelined for up to three months having this week undergone knee ligament surgery.

Former Republic of Ireland U21 cap Danny Rogers has been in goal for the last two matches – wins over Ross County (4-2) and Kilmarnock (3-1).

Woodman won the U20 World Cup with England last summer and saved a penalty in the 1-0 final defeat of Venezuela.

Highly rated at St James’ Park, Woodman started in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton Town last month.

He was on the bench on transfer deadline night for Newcastle in the 1-1 Premier League draw to Burnley at home.

The loan move was sanctioned as Newcastle secured keeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on deadline day.

That dropped Woodman down to third choice again.

The paperwork on his loan move was finalised after the Reds win at Dingwall and the keeper today traveled up to Pittodrie.

He said: “I have come to Aberdeen to play games and help the team.

“My aim since the start of the season has been to play games.

“Joe Lewis has been fantastic all season and obviously playing against him (whilst on loan at Kilmarnock) last season knowing how well he has done I want to continue that and help the team maintain second place.”

Woodman spent the second half of last season on loan at Kilmarnock and reckons that first team experience proved vital in helping England secure a first World Cup title at any level since 1966.

He said: “I loved it at Kilmarnock.

“I got to know the league very quickly and ultimately the league helped me to go on and do what I did in the summer as I got the games and experience of playing in big stadiums.”