Freddie Woodman | Margetson a key factor in Swansea decision

1st August 2019
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Freddie Woodman

New Swansea City signing Freddie Woodman says the chance to work with Martyn Margetson again was a big factor in his decision to make the move to SA1.

Goalkeeper Woodman, 22, has joined the Swans from Newcastle on a season-long loan having penned an extension to his contract on Tyneside.

The England Under-20 World Cup winner trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday morning, and is in contention for Saturday’s Championship opener against Hull.

Woodman had previously worked with head coach Steve Cooper and goalkeeping coach Margetson during his years in the England set-up.

And he pointed to Margetson’s positive impact on Everton and England keeper Jordan Pickford as an example of why he felt a move to Swansea was right for his development.

“I have been in the England set-up since I was 15 and I had the chance to do some work with the gaffer and Martyn towards the end of that,” he said.

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“So I have worked with both of them, I know how they work and I cannot wait to get down to work with them again.

“I had a lot of other offers to consider given I did have a year left on my contract at Newcastle, and I had some big decisions to make.

“But from the moment I spoke to Martyn, and knowing the club Swansea is, this was the place I wanted to come to.

“I had a game with Newcastle the other night and I was sitting there just hoping and praying that it would get done, and I’m delighted it is.

“You only have to look at the work Martyn has done on the international stage to know how good a goalkeeping coach he is.

“You look at the way he has helped Jordan Pickford, who has been fantastic for Everton and England. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

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