Hull City’s loaned in shot-stopper Karl Darlow has refused to be drawn on his future while speaking with Hull Live.
Hull City swooped for Darlow in January to strengthen their goalkeeping options. He had fallen down the pecking order at parent club Newcastle United, with Nick Pope holding down a starting spot while Martin Dubravka and Loris Karius also served as back-ups.
Darlow’s move has given him the chance to play regularly away from St. James’ Park, although he’s had to wait for his chance.
He only made his debut against Bristol City last weekend, with Matt Ingram sidelined through injury.
Even still, Darlow’s Premier League experience and pedigree made for an exciting addition at the MKM Stadium, and questions have been asked over a potential long-term stay on Humberside given his place in the pecking order with his parent club.
However, when quizzed on the matter by Hull Live, Darlow has insisted that’s a matter for others to decide on. He said:
“It’s not a discussion for me to put to anyone.
“I think that will be dealt with behind the scenes in the summer, and what Newcastle thinks.”
A long-term option?
At 32, Darlow still has plenty of good years ahead of him in between the sticks. He has valuable Championship experience after spells with Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest and has shown his shot-stopping abilities in the top-flight too, often impressing despite a leaky Magpies defence.
The Northampton-born ‘keeper is unlikely to come back into contention with his parent club and although he still has over two years left on his contract, a desire for regular minutes could open the door for Darlow to move on from Newcastle after nine years.
As Darlow says himself, the decision is there for others to make before his options become available, so it will be interesting to see just how his situation pans out later in the year.