East targets Pompey right-back spot

Pompey defender Danny East
Pompey defender Danny East
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Danny East departed Fratton Park – but targeted the right-back spot upon his return.

The 22-year-old yesterday linked up with Aldershot on a month’s loan.

The switch will provide the utility man with the opportunity to play five games as he continues his comeback from injury.

It has been a long haul for East, who has not played first-team football since the final game of last season against Plymouth.

Now clear of the pelvic injury suffered in the summer, he is relishing the opportunity for more action at the Blues’ FA Cup conquerors.

And a month down the line East wants the Pompey right-back spot, which has been filled by five different players so far this season.

‘It’s about getting games. I need some matches and need to get back at it,’ said East.

‘I’ve played three games for the reserves and was set for 90 minutes against Plymouth yesterday, but the first team is always more competitive.

‘It has been a long time since I played properly so Aldershot is a chance for me to go and get competitive games, which I really appreciate.

‘I am a lot more confident with my body these days. I know how to look after myself, I know what my body needs, and am feeling good.

‘Now I need to get games somewhere.

‘The idea is for a month at Aldershot. I think I will be back after that.

‘It’s about getting more match fit and coming back to Pompey to push for the first team again.

‘A few different players have served at right-back for us this season so that is what I am aiming for. It’s a role I feel I’ve done okay in for Pompey in the past.

‘I’ve been out for a while so will build up my match fitness at Aldershot and look to come back to challenge for that spot. And it’s something I’m really excited about.’

East missed 20 consecutive matches during the 2013-14 season after injuring his neck during a brave aerial challenge against Northampton.

He returned for the final three games of last term, marking his comeback with the match-winner – also against the Cobblers.

A pelvic injury sustained in pre-season has ensured he is yet to feature for Andy Awford’s side this season.

Although, since last month the former Hull player has made three reserve-team appearances – one of which was a start.

And with his contract up this summer, East is aware he requires regular match action to prove his worth.

‘Of course I would like to stay,’ added East.

‘It’s a great club with a great fan base. There is only one way the club is going and that is back up.

‘I actually played the final three games of last season under the gaffer and scored the winner at Northampton.

‘I need to now get playing regularly and show what I can do on the football pitch.’