Versatile East backed to add Pompey bite

Danny East, left, in action for Northampton Town against Wolves last season
Danny East, left, in action for Northampton Town against Wolves last season
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WE get the low down on new Pompey signing Danny East from Northampton Chronicle and Echo reporter Jeff Lake.


AGE: 21

POSITION: Defence/midfield

PREVIOUS CLUBS: Hull, Gillingham (loan), Northampton (loan)

· Hello Jeff, fair to say you have seen Danny East more than most in his promising football career?

Definitely, he made 19 appearances on loan at Northampton, which is the longest run in a side he has had so far.

The Cobblers took him from Hull and he proved to be a good player who was quite popular with the fans.

He played almost entirely at right-back and looks a good fit for that position.

East wasn’t here long but made an impact.

· It appears he picked up his first red card while at Northampton, too. Does he like a tackle?

He’s quite an aggressive type and when Northampton got him he was quite raw and a little bit inexperienced.

That told a couple of times – most notably a sending off at Fleetwood.

He got booked after 20 minutes and then rashly went into another challenge five minutes later and got booked again.

The fans didn’t really criticise him and accepted he was too naive in that instance.

Supporters love to blame referees anyway and this one didn’t have the best of games.

Shortly afterwards, Fleetwood’s Jon Parkin was booked for a fairly innocuous challenge and they substituted him out of fear of him getting another yellow.

That day was a combination of youthful enthusiasm from East and a fussy referee.

· East is seen as a versatile player, do you agree?

To be honest, I have only ever seen him play at right-back.

He might have had one game at left-back and I do recall him saying he could play centre-midfield if required, but he was used almost entirely as a right-back here.

He’s not the biggest height-wise so I can’t seen him in the centre of defence, yet East likes a tackle, has a good engine and, joins in with attack.

But I would not say he’s an overlapping full-back.

He was more of a conventional full-back as opposed to a modern, attacking one – although that possibly could have been down to the manager Aidy Boothroyd’s instructions.

· A good signing for Pompey then?

You can see East has had a good upbringing within a good Academy system.

He is very athletic, there are no question marks over fitness and he is pretty good technically.

He’s an aggressive player and I think fans like that and enjoy seeing that sort of thing.