Simon Eastwood has shocked Pompey by rejecting his contract offer for the coming season. He has instead chosen to join Blackburn Rovers.
Eastie impressed in the run in and was bound to have attracted other suitors – a fact we all possibly overlooked when we expected the players already at Fratton Park to jump at the chance to sign a longer deal. Some were a long way from home and upping roots and moving the length of the country is an expensive proposition for a one or two year deal. Eastwood was an apprentice with Huddersfield Town, made a number of appearances for Bradford City and had been with FC Halifax Town. If he lives in that West Yorkshire area the move across the Pennines is just twenty six miles.
Of course the question has to be asked would he rather be number one in League Two or number two or three in the Championship? He has made that decision and like all the players who ‘helped out` last season we must respect that and move on. Simon in fact, other that the players from the Academy, was the longest server having signed as long ago as 13 August 2012 after leaving Bradford Par Avenue who he had just signed for.
So the search is now on for another keeper and no doubt Guy and his staff have a list of names trawl through. Liam O`Brien anyone?
Jobsite stay as main sponsor
The club`s official site have just broken some further good news in that Jobsite have agreed to continue as the club`s shirt sponsor. They broke the news thus –
Portsmouth Football Club are delighted to announce that they have extended their partnership with Jobsite. The Havant-based leading UK job board have been the Blues’ principle sponsor since the start of the 2009/10 season and their name will continue to adorn Pompey’s shirts and the Fratton End for the eagerly-anticipated 2013/14 campaign.
Pompey CEO Mark Catlin said: “I`d like to thank Jobsite for their loyalty during a difficult period in the club`s history. Everyone is now excited about the future of this great club and it`s fantastic to have Jobsite with us for the incredible journey we`re about to undertake.”
Pompey`s Engagement Manager Micah Hall said: “Jobsite have once again demonstrated their commitment to our ethos. They are a key member of the Pompey community and we`re delighted to have them on board once again.”
Jobsite Managing Director Mike Wall said: “We`re so pleased to be continuing our sponsorship of Pompey. The club plays such a pivotal role in the community and as a locally-based company, we`re keen to support them in their new lease of life. We`ve been fortunate to work with the club on some of their community initiatives over the years and look forward to doing so again this season.
“Throughout the past four years we`ve been blown away by the passion and loyalty of the fans. So it seems fitting that it`s the people who care most about the club that are now the proud owners of it. We look forward to joining them again at Fratton Park from August to cheer the club on as they take their first steps back to glory. Play up Pompey!”
I for one thought they would move on but this is another real sign that the local community are getting right behind THEIR club. That and the news that the ITV have just picked up that the Lord Mayor, Frank Jonas will visit the club later today in his full regalia meet the board and buy a personal share in the club.