Pompey boss hopeful of Shots aid with East

Danny East in action for Pompey Reserves before his loan move. Picture: Allan Hutchings (143500-208)

Danny East in action for Pompey Reserves before his loan move. Picture: Allan Hutchings (143500-208)

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The Recreation Ground – venue for Pompey’s first-ever FA Cup elimination by a non-league side.

Now Aldershot are bidding to do Andy Awford good, by completing the rehabilitation of Danny East.

The versatile performer last week joined the Vanarama Conference Premier team on a month’s loan as he strives for match action.

East has subsequently played in the Shots’ last two matches, most recently in a 1-0 defeat to Kidderminster on Tuesday night.

Awford was there to watch the 22-year-old as he completed his first 90 minutes since December 2013 against Dagenham & Redbridge.

It was an important hurdle cleared by a player who has made just 19 appearances for the Blues since his arrival in the summer of 2013.

Shots boss Andy Scott and his assistant Terry Bullivant were yesterday sacked following a run of poor results.

But Awford is hoping East’s Aldershot stay can push him into the Pompey reckoning.

He said: ‘Danny has gone there to finish his rehabilitation.

‘It will be good for him and hopefully we’ll get him back here and he can return to our squad.

‘He had been out for almost six months, so we had that conversation about whether he should go out on loan.

‘If he had wanted to stay here and play in the reserves for the next two or three weeks that’s fine.

‘But we decided if we could instead find a club that suited, we would.

‘There is no guarantee someone would take him, you might say a loan is the best option but if no-one takes him then it’s not an option!

‘Danny has played three reserve games – a 30 minute, a 45 minute and a 60 minute – but needed a bit more and hopefully he can get it at Aldershot.

‘That is why it is only a month and at the end of that we will reassess it all and hopefully he has had four or five games by then.’

East has not appeared for Pompey since the final match of last season – a 3-3 draw with Plymouth Argyle.

He subsequently damaged his ankle just one match into the pre-season – now Awford is looking forward to having his versatility at his disposal.

He added: ‘Danny played the final three games of last season, with Plymouth probably his best.

‘He would have been right in the mix in the pre-season squads but obviously broke down and we have only just seen him re-emerge.

‘He gives you versatility, which is important.’

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