Pompey ‘dream’ over for Slovenian stopper

Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood. Picture: Steve Reid (122393-714)
Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood. Picture: Steve Reid (122393-714)
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Pompey have decided to pull the plug on Darjan Curanovic’s trial.

However, Michael Appleton has instead recruited another keeper to take his place on the 10-day Spanish training camp.

The Slovenian had been pencilled in to arrive in England on Saturday ahead of the squad’s departure for Spain today.

Curanovic had spoken of fulfilling his ‘dream’ in the press back in his home country after securing the link-up through his agent.

Appleton, though, has since opted to scrap the trial and will now run the rule over an unnamed experienced keeper during the Blues’ Spanish stay.

He will be joined by Simon Eastwood, who has spent the past week at Eastleigh and was scheduled to start Saturday’s friendly against the Hawks, only for the fixture to be washed out.

But there is no place for Laurie Walker, who has returned to his current club Kettering.

Ultimately, Appleton remains confident the Football League will grant the go-ahead for the season-long loan of a Premier League keeper.

In the meantime, he will continue to assess the two trialling keepers in Spain as he seeks to bolster his non-existent goalkeeping ranks.

The Blues boss said: ‘Simon will be one of the keepers on the plane and there will be another, who is experienced.

‘Simon was going to play a full game against Havant & Waterlooville, so it was a shame that was called off to deny him the opportunity to show what he can do.

‘Laurie has now had to go back to Kettering because there has been a change in the ownership situation, so that’s dead now as far as we are concerned.

‘As for Curanovic, he will no longer be coming here on trial. We decided to change our mind on that one very, very quickly.

‘Instead, we will have one other keeper on the plane to Spain – and a deal has been done with another to arrive on loan from the Premier League.’