11 Facts About Karl Darlow


Karl Darlow is the grandson of former Wales international forward Ken Leek who was included in the Welsh 1958 World Cup squad.


In March 2012, Karl Darlow joined Newport County in the Conference National league on loan for a month.


On 21 September 2012, Karl Darlow joined Walsall on loan for one month.


Karl Darlow rejoined Walsall on 1 January 2013 in a one-month loan deal, with the view to extending the loan for the end of the season,.


Karl 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, Karl Darlow signed a long-term contract with Premier League club Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.


Karl Darlow played in Newcastle's first two League Cup matches against Cheltenham Town and Wolverhampton, picking up clean sheets in both.

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Karl Darlow became the club's first-choice goalkeeper under Rafael Benitez ahead of Elliot, Sels and Freddie Woodman.


The Football Association of Wales confirmed Karl Darlow had declined an invitation to be included in the Wales national football team friendly match against Austria on 6 February 2013.


Karl Darlow advised he was currently concentrating on winning back his place in the Newcastle United starting line-up.


Speculation developed that Karl Darlow might have ended his playing in the Wales squad in November 2020 after revealing his ambition of playing for England, saying: "It's the one thing that as a child you want to do" and "I would love nothing more".