11 Years After Clint Fired Them To Promotion, Reds Look At Eastwood

By Rob Miles
Last updated : 08 January 2018

Barnsley are reportedly looking to strengthen their goal-keeping department with Oxford United's Simon Eastwood.

The Reds are keen to provide sterner competition for current number one Adam Davies who is currently on a run of 119 consecutive appearances.

Nick Townsend is the current backup keeper at Oakwell but there is believed to be doubts over his ability to provide proper competition for Davies and he was loaned out to Solihull Moors for a five game stint earlier in the season.

This has led Barnsley to track 28 year old Eastwood who has spent the last two years at the Us after arriving from Blackburn. During that time he has made 94 appearances and kept 30 clean sheets.

Sky Sports are reporting that The Reds are tracking Eastwood although no formal offer has yet been tabled.

6"2 Eastwood was born in Luton but actually started his career in Yorkshire, signing his first professional contract with Huddersfield in 2006, however he struggled to make an impact with the Terriers making just one appearance - in a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient in May 2009.

During his time at the John Smiths Stadium Eastwood had spell on loan at Woking and Bradford before moving permanantely to Oxford in 2010.

However his first spell with the Us was not a success and he failed to make a single appearance, behind ever present first choice Ryan Clarke who played 50 times in 2010-2011 so he moved on to Halifax that summer and then onto Blackburn and Portsmouth before again returning to Oxford in June 2016 where this time he has made an impact, including playing in their EFL Trophy final defeat to Coventry at Wembley last summer.

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