O'Brien loaned to Eastbourne
Nothing has been officially confirmed yet but Liam O'Brien has joined Eastbourne Borough on loan for a month.
O'Brien picked up an injury in training recently, which saw Darryl Flahavan signed on a 1-month contract to act as cover to Jamie Ashdown - this move would 'suggest' that Flahavan is going to be given a longer-term contract soon?
I think that Liam has a really good future ahead of him but fear that he, like so many other youngsters, will be cleared out at the end of the season - if not before, which I think would be a real shame as it is vital that we bring through youngsters.
With all due respect to Eastbourne I would have hoped that we would have at least loaned him to a football league side, but hey ho. Although that said he was going to join Bury earlier in the week but this would not have been as the no.1 so it would not have been any benefit to him, or us.
At the end of the day 1st team football is 1st team football wherever it is!
Yep I know that Steve Cotterill 'should' know best about the kids but he does not 'seem' as though he is a manager that is that keen on giving them that much of a chance, if he can avoid it, and has voiced his opinion on several occasions that the youth set-up is not good enough and we are not producing enough quality...
I believe that O'Brien is out of contract at the end of the season, at this stage I would say it is 50:50 at best that he will get a new contract - it WILL be our loss if we do not look to retain the England U19 keeper.
PLAY UP POMPEY!