Preston North End goalkeeper Freddie Woodman looking to build at new home after Newcastle United move

Freddie Woodman is looking to build in his new home, of sorts, in Preston North End.

By Tom Sandells
Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 6:02 pm

The 25-year-old is still trying to find some permanent residence whilst currently living in a hotel in the area after signing for the Lilywhites last week, Woodman signed a three-year-deal after making the move from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.

It brings to an end a run of loans for the stopper, who had seven different loan moves in his time at St James’ Park.

Speaking to the Lancashire Post, he said: “It's not quite a home yet, I'm in a hotel at the minute and I'm finding it difficult to find a home here, but I think once I get that sorted it'll be nice to settle here.

Preston North End 'keeper Freddie Woodman at the media day at Euxton Training Ground. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

"That's something that the club have done very well, they've been very welcoming and helped me settle very quickly. That's a credit to the staff and the players.

"It can be hard going on loan but when you're a young player you don't care about anything, you just go and play your football.

"I remember my first loan to Crawley Town I lived at my nan's house for a few months because all I was doing was playing football, that's all I wanted to do.

"It's nice to finally be associated with a football club where I'm staying for a period of time and hopefully we can build while I'm here.”

North End will undoubtedly be building for a chance at promotion to the Premier League. Woodman was within 90 minutes of winning the Championship play-offs with Swansea City and feels he can offer that sort of experience to the group.

He said: “I want to come here and give the fans something to shout about. Whenever I've played at Deepdale it has been a hostile atmosphere so if we can give the fans something to shout about, it gives us a chance.

"When you're in the Championship the goal is always to make the play-offs, I was lucky enough to do it twice with Swansea and then to win automatic promotion with Bournemouth as well.

"I feel like I bring a bit of experience to the group - that already has so much experience in it – and hopefully we can come together and build something special.”