Jak Alnwick admits he may leave Newcastle – but is targeting England No1 spot

AMBITIOUS ... Jak Alnwick.
AMBITIOUS ... Jak Alnwick.

JAK Alnwick wants to be England’s No1 goalkeeper – but concedes his Newcastle United career may be over.

The 21-year-old, who is out of contract at St James’s Park in the summer, is on loan at League One side Bradford City.

Alnwick did not make his first-team debut for Newcastle until a substitute appearance against Chelsea in December 2014, and went on to play seven more times in the absence of the injured Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.

He has admitted he found it “really difficult” to break into the team, with managers “reluctant” to turn to a young goalkeeper.

Responding to the suggestion he will leave Newcastle at the end of the season, Alnwick told Sky Sports: “It’s a possibility.

“All I am focused on is doing well for Bradford and in terms of the summer that won’t be down to me it will be down to behind the scenes.

“I will let that take its own course.

“It’s really difficult. I’ve had to wait a few years now, you are looking at two or three injuries and that’s when you get your chance. It’s really hard.

“You do your work day in, day out but sometimes you have to rely on a little bit of luck.

“I think there is a reluctance to put young keepers in.”

Alnwick came in for some criticism during his spell in goal at Newcastle, but that has not deterred him from aiming high.

He added: “Most other goalkeepers go out on loan and make their mistakes in League Two where it is not highlighted as much, whereas my first senior game was Premier League.

“Everything in the Premier League is highlighted.

“You are going to make mistakes. Every young keeper is going to make mistakes, but it’s all about learning from it and playing more games.

“My ambition is to be England’s No1 and No1 at a Premier League club.”