Fraser Forster has joined SPL champions Celtic on a four-year deal, bringing his disrupted spell at Newcastle United to an end. Forster – who spent six years at St James’ Park – joins Neil Lennon’s side on a permanent deal after a two-year loan spell at Park Head.
Joining Newcastle as an 18-year old, Forster was widely expected to be the long-term successor to Shay Given once the Ireland keeper moved on or retired. However, after numerous impressive loan spells at Norwich City, Stockport County and Bristol Rovers, Forster moves on for a fee in the region of £2m.
Forster’s last appearance for Newcastle came in the 3-2 pre-season defeat at the hands of Leeds United, a match where the giant keeper made a blunder and seriously damaged his chances of claiming the number 1 jersey ahead of Tim Krul.
The magnificent form of Krul last season must have made Alan Pardew come to the decision that it was time to let Forster move on and the capture of backup goalkeeper Rob Elliott further supported the move.
Standing 6 foot 7 inches tall, the keeper can now concentrate on plying his trade on a permanent basis for his new club and forcing his way into the England international setup. Had he played more regular first team football at a higher level, he could have made his way into the Euro 2012 squad but instead had to watch on as rookie stopper Jack Butland claimed a place on the plane.
Forster leaves SJP with the Toon Army’s best wishes behind him, as the fans realise it was only the spectacular form of Tim Krul that stopped them having a local lad in goal for them on a more regular basis.

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  1. JIM

    NO HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE TO STAY AND GIVEN HIS GAME NOW N THEN-AND MORE GAMES IN EUROPE-WE HAVE NO BACK UP! AT ALL!

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  2. Jim Toon

    Fraser has landed a fantastic role in playing for a fantastic club such as Celtic. 67,000 euphoric fans roaring you on will ecplipse any time he would have been wasted sitting on the bench at St James. Good for you Fraser.

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  3. glasgow bhoy

    A big massive thank you for Newcastle letting big fraser go to Celtic,

    He never had a really good first season with us ,was sort of scared to come out
    of his 6 yard box,but now he is going to mature into a first class european
    goalkeeper.

    Made some crucial saves for us last season and was a big hand in winning us
    the league last season.

    After having a record shut out season with us , i honestly thought he was
    going to move to a premiership club,hard luck england,yous have missed out lol

    Big fraser is going to be a legend for us,and a future England internationalist.

    i believe Newcastle has made a mistake in letting him leave,but iam sure their will be
    some sort of a sell on clause,in which Newcatle will recieve a share of,if and when
    he moves on,and there will be a profit made on him.

    so thank you very much Newcastle,a happy Celtic fan 🙂

    good luck next season

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  4. ridger

    A no brainer really Celtic or newcastle

    the future is bright
    the future is green and white.

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  5. monthecelts

    so glad, brilliant keeper. its a shame that england dont look north of the border. forster should have been a consideration and gary hooper, i believe, is better than welbeck. hes the poacher that england have probably needed for decades.

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  6. stubhoy

    Fantastic answer Monthecelts. I stay in Newcastle now and for months I have said to friends down here that they will exit the euros as they dont have a proven poacher like they did when they had the likes of Michael Owen so to overlook Hoops was a shame as he would have given them a better chance of making it further in my opinion. As for FF welcome home son and keep improving as you are and one day we will speak of you in the same terms as THE HOLY GOALIE

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