Newcastle make summer decision on goalkeeper

Paul Woolston will leave Newcastle United this summer.

Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 10:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 11:01 am
Paul Woolston

The goalkeeper joined the club after being released by Sunderland.

Woolston has trained with Rafa Benitez's first-team squad this season.And Woolston – who has had loans spells at South Shields, Blyth Spartans and Darlington – made an impression on Benitez.

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"He's a good keeper," said United manager Benitez. "When we need a player on the pitch, he's quite good with his feet. I think he's keen to learn. He's been good with us in every training session."

Woolston – who represented England at Under-18 level – scored a penalty for Newcastle's Under-23s in their Premier League International Cup win over boyhood team Sunderland in March.

Meanwhile, a number of other players will also leave the club's Academy this summer.

"We have a lot of players that will be released this year," said Benitez. "I was talking with Ben (Dawson, United's Under-23 coach) about the Academy and the Under-23s and if he could see if things were going well.

"He said they will have a lot of players that will leave."