Rangers Set To Fight Norwich For Forster

29 April 2010 09:43
Will Newcastle be able to hang onto Fraser Forster next season? There are clubs lining up to test the water at SJP for the 22-year-old goalkeeper. Forster recently hinted he would rather head out on loan again next season because he won't even make the bench at St James' - as he is behind first choice Steve Harper and Dutchman Tim Krul. But Glasgow giants Rangers are back in the hunt, and have not forgotten the player they took on trial some years ago. He snubbed them for Newcastle, but he is third choice at St James' Park and Ibrox must be tempting. Fraser Forster's dad Brian: “He did ring us up after the game and said the fans had been singing, 'one more year, Fraser,' so he is aware how much they think of him. “That is great to know and it has probably helped him so much. He has had a brilliant time down there - that is the word he used. It's really up in the air and it depends on Newcastle and what they feel is right but I know this season could not have gone much better for him. “We're based up in Newcastle so it's a five hour drive to come down and watch the games. We've been a couple of times and we'll be down for the Carlisle game when they are presented with the trophy. “We watched the Charlton highlights on the Football League show and that seemed to go quite well - although it probably looked even better with the way it was put together. We've obviously seen the other side as well when games haven't gone to plan in his career. “He is a very laid back character and takes most things in his stride. He has always been perhaps one of those who takes things as it comes so he won't take too much heed of what anyone might say or however much praise he gets. “When Glenn Roeder was manager at Newcastle they got into the Uefa Cup and he was on the bench a number of times and the season before this one he was on the bench for about 30 games behind Shay Given. "As a family we are not really football-oriented and we thought he was doing quite well to be selected on the bench but, of course, you realise that he needs to be playing games for his development and so on. “It's great for us that he was picked up by the local team in the area. He played rugby originally but was selected for Newcastle schools and through that he went to Liverpool on trial but broke his foot so the trial didn't come to anything. He was then invited to Glasgow Rangers and after that Newcastle came in for him.”