Darlow with Nottingham Forest in 2014
|Full name||Karl Darlow|
|Date of birth||8 October 1990|
|Place of birth||Northampton, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2012||→ Newport County (loan)||8||(0)|
|2012||→ Walsall (loan)||7||(0)|
|2013||→ Walsall (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:14, 4 March 2017 (UTC).
Karl Darlow (born 8 October 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship club Newcastle United. He is the grandson of former Wales international forward Ken Leek who was part of the Welsh 1958 World Cup squad. Darlow is a product of the Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest academies and spent time on loan at both Newport County and Walsall earlier in his career.
Weeks after being released by Aston Villa at the age of 16, Villa goalkeeping coach Eric Steele recommended Darlow to Forest and he was signed up to their academy. After impressive displays in the reserve team Darlow was awarded a space on the bench where he was present for the majority of the 2010–11 season. His debut was against Crystal Palace, on the last day of the 2010–11 season, as a substitute for Lee Camp. The Reds won the game 3–0, a result that secured them a play-off spot.
Loan to Newport County
Loans to Walsall
On 21 September 2012, Darlow joined Walsall on loan for one month. While there, he signed a new three-year contract at parent club Forest, keeping him there until 2015. On 22 October, his loan with Walsall was extended until 22 December 2012, however Forest recalled him four days later owing to an injury to Forest goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov.
He rejoined Walsall on 1 January 2013 on a one-month loan deal, with the view to extending the loan until the end of the season,
Return to Nottingham Forest
Darlow was recalled again on 10 January after first choice Lee Camp had been told he could leave the club on a free transfer. On 12 January 2013 he made his full Forest league debut in the 2–1 win over Peterborough, and ended with 20 league appearances for the club in the 2012–13 season. Darlow signed a new four-year contract on 23 August 2013 and established himself as manager Billy Davies's first-choice goalkeeper despite the summer arrival of Dorus de Vries.
On 9 August 2014, Darlow signed a long-term contract with Premier League club Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee. As part of the deal, he and teammate Jamaal Lascelles were loaned back to Nottingham Forest for the 2014–15 season.
He made his debut for Newcastle on August 25, 2015, in a Capital One Cup fixture against Northampton Town which Newcastle won 4–1. He made his Premier League debut on December 28, 2015, against West Bromwich Albion as a late inclusion, after regular keeper Rob Elliot was forced to pull out due to illness; the Magpies lost the game 1–0 after Darlow let Darren Fletcher's header slip through his hands. Following a season-ending injury to Elliot while away on international duty, Darlow was forced to take over in net for Newcastle's final 8 matches as they attempted to avoid relegation. On April 30, 2016, Darlow saved a penalty from Yohan Cabaye, in a 1–0 Premier League win against Crystal Palace. Newcastle were relegated on 11 May following a victory for rivals Sunderland over Everton.
Darlow entered the 2016–17 season in a competition with summer signing Matz Sels to start the Championship season in goal, which Darlow lost. Darlow played in Newcastle's first two League Cup matches against Cheltenham Town and Wolverhampton, picking up clean sheets in both. On 28 September, Darlow received his first Championship start of the season, replacing Sels against Norwich City for a 4–3 win.
In addition to England, Darlow is eligible to represent Wales as his grandfather Ken Leek (a Wales international forward) was born in Ynysybwl. The Football Association of Wales confirmed Darlow had declined an invitation to join the Wales national football team squad for the friendly match versus Austria on 6 February 2013.
- As of 4 March 2017
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Nottingham Forest Total||106||0||2||0||3||0||0||0||111||0|
|Newport County (loan)||2011–12||Conference Premier||8||0||—||—||0||0||8||0|
|Walsall (loan)||2012–13||League One||9||0||0||0||—||1[a]||0||10||0|
|Newcastle United||2015–16||Premier League||9||0||0||0||1||0||—||10||0|
- Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
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