Awfs mulls over loan move

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

POMPEY are weighing up recruiting another striker.

Andy Awford will consider making a move into the loan market next week to cover Paul McCallum’s seven-game suspension.

The arrival from West Ham was hit with a four-game improper conduct ban on top of a three-match suspension for violent conduct against Southend.

Now Awford is mulling over bringing in a new man for that period when the loan window reopens tomorrow.

He said: ‘We haven’t got Paul now for five more games.

‘We’ve got (Ryan) Taylor, (Matt) Tubbs, (Pat) Agyemang and (Conor) Chaplin.

‘Paul’s a bigger, direct player who does what we brought him in to do.

‘So we’ll have a look at that and consider it.

‘I won’t bring in one for the sake of it.

‘It has to be someone who is good enough.

‘We can’t knee-jerk it and bring in one who isn’t quite right.

‘Then you’ll have too many players.

‘So we’ll take our time with it and consider it.

‘It’s something to weigh up after Tuesday.

‘We’ll have a look at the game tomorrow – and then we’ll go from there.’

Awford admitted he is not happy about the position he’s been put in by McCallum.

He said: ‘I am angry and a frustrated man about what happened.

‘Paul has been fined heavily, we’ve dealt with it internally and he’ll be available for the final 13 games.

‘I haven’t got him for February but he can do it for the rest of the season.

‘He’s training though and he’ll play in the game against Woking.’