Eastwood arrival prevents old school rules for Blues

Simon Eastwood
Simon Eastwood
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Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood has joined Pompey on non-contract terms to save them from playing ‘rush goalie’.

Pompey looked set to turn to the old-school playground rules where an outfield player could use his hands, as they did not have a single goalkeeper ahead of tonight’s trip to Plymouth.

But boss Michael Appleton has been granted permission to sign the former Huddersfield and Bradford keeper on non-contract terms for a month.

Appleton said: ‘Someone suggested playing rush goalie and wondered if we might get away with one of the outfield players being the last man.

‘But we’ve been able to get Simon Eastwood signed on a non-contract basis to play in the game and help us out and going forward.

‘He is someone we would be interested in giving a contract to, if we ever get the green light to do contracts.

‘I think he can play on Saturday and it’s a contract that can be ripped up at any time. I think it’s for a month.

‘But you need a goalkeeper in the building and we even lost one of our young keepers to a hamstring injury at the weekend.

‘It’s not a risk to sign him because it can be ripped up. If the club went out of business after the game, the contract would be ripped up.’

Appleton’s assistant manager Ashley Westwood is also set to feature in central defence.

Appleton said: ‘He will have to play on a similar basis to Simon.

‘We’ve got nine outfield players from the development group so we needed an extra body.

‘Simon Eastwood makes it 10 and Ash makes it 11.

‘The bench will be made up of Academy scholars.

‘No loans will be coming in. Our focus will be on getting loans in before Saturday’s game.

‘So it will be a team of young players and very young players.’