Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Freddie Woodman, who currently plies his trade at Kilmarnock where he is on loan from Newcastle. A quality goalkeeper he really does have a fantastic future and is one to look out for.
How did you start off as a goalkeeper?
My dad was a goalkeeper so it was in the family already. I went in goal for my year 8 school team and my teacher Mr Bruce managed to get me a trial at Crystal Palace.
What is your favourite glove at the moment?
I wear Puma Evo Power gloves which I luckily got the chance to create myself with the help of Puma. I love the way they match my boots and kit so that it looks smart.
You have recently signed a contract extension at Newcastle United. How did that feel?
It felt amazing to re sign at a massive football club like Newcastle United. It’s given me a great opportunity already to improve and learn everyday. So I’m really happy that I’ve got four more years there working hard and playing football.
What is the best ever save you have made?
I don’t like to look back too much so I will keep it to my best save this season. I made a save against Aberdeen at home. It was definitely up there with one of my all time favourites
You are currently on loan at Kilmarnock. What do you want to get out of your time there?
Most people will go out on loan and say it’s about playing games and getting experience which I totally agree with, but for me it’s also about buying into the goal that the team have set and adding value to it with your own performances. I’ve also loved playing in a different league and environment.
Do you have any rituals when you warm up?
No I don’t believe in rituals. I just believe in whatever feels right at that moment, I will do. I am fairly relaxed in the warm up. It’s the game that matters.
Finally, any tips for youngsters who want to make it as a goalkeeper?
Something I got told when I signed my first contract at 12 with Crystal Palace. Do it properly or don’t do it at all. Properly means work hard, dedicate yourself, make sacrifices but most of all ENJOY playing football. That’s what it’s all about. Ooo and keep it out the net. haha.
Thanks a lot Freddie. It has been a pleasure speaking to you. We wish you all the best for the remainder of the season in Scotland and the future.