NEWCASTLE United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has joined Bradford City on loan for the rest of the season.
The 21-year-old has signed for the League One club after Jordan Pickford was recalled by Sunderland.
Alnwick, however, won’t be able to play for Bradford in the FA Cup, having turned out for Newcastle in their third-round defeat to Leicester City.
Reading stand between the Bantams and a Wembley semi-final against Arsenal.
Alnwick said on Twitter: “Could not be happier signing for @officialbantams till the end of season, great club and great fans. Time to get some league experience.”
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson said: “It has been very hard to replace Jordan, so we are very grateful John Carver for letting us have Jak.
We welcome Jak to the club, and he adds competition for that goalkeeping spot.Phil Parkinson
“Some of the top Premier League sides have five and six goalkeepers on their books, but some of them have no real experience at all.
“We needed someone who had already enjoyed a taste of first team football.
“We welcome Jak to the club, and he adds competition for that goalkeeping spot.”
Hexham-born Alnwick made eight appearances for United while Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were sidelined by injury.
Alnwick – whose elder brother Ben started his goalkeeping career at Sunderland – is playing for his future, with his contract at St James’s Park expiring at the end of the season.