Sheffield United goalkeeper, Jake Eastwood, is set to depart Bramall Lane and is hoping to secure a contract with Cambridge United.
Yorkshire Live report that Eastwood has been allowed to leave United, and is currently trying to earn a deal at the Abbey Stadium. He spent last season on loan with Grimsby Town, and has little chance of breaking into the fold at Bramall Lane.
Aaron Ramsdale is the firm number one. Beyond him, both Wes Foderingham and Michael Verrips are higher up the pecking order.
Eastwood, who is now 24, has been with the club since his youth days but has always found it a struggle to make his mark. The stopper made two cup appearances, and a single league appearances against Wolves.
Slavisa Jokanovic has clearly taken a few decisions in the last few days on those on the periphery of the squad. Sam Graham has joined Rochdale, and other young players – such as Femi Seriki – could leave on loan as well.
Eastwood will be disappointed to see his spell with the club end. But a move to Cambridge could give him the chance to rebuild and go again. At 24, he is still young in terms of goalkeeping.
Never quite got there
While Eastwood has been around for some time, he’s never quite been able to make that push to be the main man. He’s had some good stoppers ahead of him, in fairness, so it was always going to be tough.
But, this is a good chance for him now. If he can earn that deal in Cambridge, it gives him a chance. From there, he can use his experience at United and, hopefully, come back fighting.
He’ll have learnt a lot from the likes of Henderson, Moore, and Ramsdale over the years. The time now, then, is for Eastwood to move his career forward.
Hopefully, he does just that and we can welcome him back to Bramall Lane one day in the future.
Good luck, Jake!