Jak Alnwick

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Jak Alnwick
Personal information
Full name Jak Alnwick[1]
Date of birth (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Hexham, England[2]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Blackpool
(on loan from Rangers)
Number 23
Youth career
2005–2008 Sunderland
2008–2011 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Newcastle United 6 (0)
2011–2012Gateshead (loan) 6 (0)
2015Bradford City (loan) 1 (0)
2015–2017 Port Vale 67 (0)
2017– Rangers 6 (0)
2018–2019Scunthorpe United (loan) 41 (0)
2019–Blackpool (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2008–2009 England U17 4 (0)
2010–2011 England U18 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

Jak Alnwick (born 17 June 1993) is an English football goalkeeper who plays for League One side Blackpool, on loan from Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

He turned professional at Newcastle United in 2008, and went on to represent England at under-17 and under-18 levels. He spent time on loan at Gateshead in the 2011–12 season, and played eight Premier League games for Newcastle in the 2014–15 season. He joined Bradford City on loan in March 2015, and Port Vale on a free transfer that August. He was sold to Rangers for an undisclosed fee in January 2017, though spent the 2018–19 season loan at Scunthorpe United after failing to earn a first-team place. He joined Blackpool on loan in July 2019.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Alnwick joined Newcastle United from local rivals Sunderland in 2008. He won the Wor Jackie Award for the club's best youth player in 2011.[3]

He was loaned to Conference Premier club Gateshead in September 2011.[4] After a man-of-the-match performance in a 3–2 defeat to Southport at the Gateshead International Stadium on his first-team debut, his initial four-week loan spell was extended until the end of the calendar year by manager Ian Bogie.[5] He made a total of six league and three FA Cup appearances during his loan spell.

Alnwick signed a new two-year contract in July 2013.[6] He made his debut for Newcastle United as a half-time substitute for the injured Rob Elliot in a 2–1 Premier League home win over Chelsea on 6 December 2014 and made five saves throughout the match.[7] Two days later, manager Alan Pardew declared that Alnwick was playing for a new contract with his current deal due to expire in the summer.[8] A week later, in his first full start, Newcastle lost 4–1 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[9] He made his first League Cup appearance in the quarter-finals at Tottenham Hotspur, and spilled a corner while under no pressure, which allowed Nabil Bentaleb to open the scoring in a 4–0 defeat.[10] In his first start at St James' Park, Alnwick conceded in injury time from Sunderland's Adam Johnson as Newcastle lost the Tyne-Wear derby on 21 December.[11] His final Premier League outing of the 2014–15 season came in a 3–3 draw with Burnley on 1 January. Tim Krul returned from injury for Newcastle's trip to Chelsea ten days later.[12]

Alnwick joined League One club Bradford City on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season on 13 March 2015.[13] The following day, he started away to Notts County in a 1–1 draw,[14] but was cup-tied for their defeat by Reading in an FA Cup sixth-round replay on 16 March.[13] In Bradford's next league game, a 2–2 draw with Fleetwood Town at Valley Parade five days later, Alnwick was dropped to the bench as regular goalkeeper Ben Williams returned.[15] On 24 March, Alnwick admitted that his Newcastle career may be over and regretted not getting loaned out earlier on in his career in order prove himself.[16] His season ended in early April as he picked up a wrist injury which required surgery.[17] On 29 May, Newcastle announced that they had opted against offering him a new contract.[18]

Port Vale[edit]

After an unsuccessful trial at Championship side Leeds United,[19] Alnwick joined League One club Port Vale on a five-month contract to cover for the injured Chris Neal on 6 August 2015.[20] He kept a clean sheet on his debut, the opening game of the 2015–16 season, a 0–0 draw with rivals Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.[21] He was praised for a save to deny Sheffield United's Billy Sharp a goal during a 2–1 win at Vale Park on 3 October.[22] He signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract in October 2015.[23] He retained his first team place upon Neal's recovery from injury, and was named in the English Football League's Team of the Week for "a string of fine saves" in a 2–1 victory over Barnsley on 14 November.[24] His good form led to him being linked with moves to Wigan Athletic and Preston North End in the January transfer window, though he said that he was "over the moon" to stay with Port Vale.[25] A stomach injury he picked up in February caused him to miss four games.[26] He was returned to the starting line-up upon his recovery and went on to pick up the club's Young Player of the Year award, whilst Neal was released.[27]

New manager Bruno Ribeiro appointed Alnwick as joint-captain, along with Ben Purkiss and Anthony Grant, in July 2016.[28] He kept clean sheets in the two opening league games of the 2016–17 season, and was named in the EFL Team of the Week for his performance in the 2–0 win over Southend United on 13 August.[29] He was named in the Team of the Week for a second time following his performance in the 1–0 win over Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium mk on 9 October.[30] His third appearance in the Team of the Week came following his performance in the 0–0 draw with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on 2 January.[31] Later in the month Rangers were reported to have activated Alnwick's £250,000 release clause.[32][33] Port Vale struggled to find a reliable goalkeeper after Alnwick's departure, using no less than seven goalkeepers in the calendar year following his departure.[34]

Rangers[edit]

On 30 January 2017, Alnwick signed a three-and-half-year contract with Scottish Premiership club Rangers for an undisclosed fee – later reported to be £250,000.[35][36] Manager Mark Warburton signed him to provide competition for Wes Foderingham.[37] He made his debut for the Ibrox club on the final day of the 2016–17 season, a 2–1 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.[38] On 22 October 2017, he conceded two goals in a defeat to Motherwell at Hampden Park in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals and was criticised for an inability to command his area.[39] He was given a first-team place towards the end of the 2017–18 season by manager Graeme Murty amidst rumours that incoming manager Steven Gerrard was looking to re-sign Allan McGregor.[40] He started in the 5–0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic and was credited with keeping the score from being a complete humiliation.[41]

On 30 August 2018, Alnwick joined English League One side Scunthorpe United on loan until the following January.[42] He joined the Iron, managed by former Rangers manager Stuart McCall, after Gerrard selected McGregor as his first-choice goalkeeper, with Wes Foderingham as his back-up.[43]

On 23 July 2019, he returned to League One with a season-long loan to Blackpool.[44] Manager Simon Grayson signed him following an Achilles tendon injury to the club's incumbent goalkeeper Mark Howard.[45]

International career[edit]

Alnwick was capped by England at under-17 and under-18 level and was named in Brian Eastick's squad for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia as back-up to Jack Butland and Lee Nicholls.[46]

Personal life[edit]

Alnwick was born in Hexham and is the younger brother of former Sunderland and England under-21 goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.[2][47] The pair played against each other in a 1–1 draw between Port Vale and Peterborough United on 17 October 2015.[48] Alnwick typically sports a large beard, though went clean shaven to raise money for the Movember Foundation in 2016.[49]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 August 2019.
Club Season Division League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 2011–12[50] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[51] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[52] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[53] Premier League 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Gateshead (loan) 2011–12[54] Conference Premier 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Bradford City (loan) 2014–15[53] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Port Vale 2015–16[55] League One 41 0 3 0 2 0 2[a] 0 48 0
2016–17[56] EFL League One 26 0 3 0 1 0 1[a] 0 31 0
Total 67 0 6 0 3 0 3 0 79 0
Rangers 2016–17[56] Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18[57] Scottish Premiership 5 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
2018–19[58] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20[59] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2018–19[58] League One 41 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 43 0
Blackpool (loan) 2019–20[59] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 129 0 14 0 7 0 3 0 153 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.

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