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Newcastle Keeper Ending Time With Toon?

With Rob Elliot's return to health, one Newcastle goalkeeper has essentially been told "Thanks for everything".

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The goalkeeping situation at Newcastle United has seen years with greater stability.  With #1 Tim Krul and his preferred backup Rob Elliot both suffering from injuries and former third-choice keeper Jak Alnwick looking completely overwhelmed at Premier League competition, making such a statement is a staggering understatement.  John Carver's statements regarding the goalkeeping situation recently have put the handwriting on the wall as Alwick has been sent on loan to Bradford City.

Alnwick, who is out of contract in June, has not featured in the league since the 3-3 draw with Burnley on New Year's Day had seen a run of 6 and one half matches (having come on at halftime for injured Rob Elliot against Chelsea), conceding 14 times in those six matches.  The Jak Alnwick Exprience went so well that recent matches had seen 17-year-old England 'keeper Freddie Woodman taking the position on the bench behind Tim Krul and now John Carver has said he is comfortable if he were to have to turn to the youngster if something were to happen again to Krul and Elliot.

You can see the words "Jak Alnwick" "Bradford City loan" and "trying to earn a new Newcastle United contract" together out there on the internet, but it takes a lot of imagination to try to see this move as anything other than what it is – the end of Alnwick's Newcastle career.  He will spend the next four months hoping to get some action for Bradford City in League One as he is cup tied to Newcastle (that's right... Bradford City are still in the FA Cup.  Neat, huh?) from playing his part in the 1-0 capitulation at Leicester City.  All luck to you, Jak... we hardly knew ye.