Daubeney keen to get Danny to Oval

Paul Daubeney
Paul Daubeney

Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney admits he is interested in signing Danny Simmonds but said it’s unlikely he will be in the squad to face Loxwood tomorrow.

Simmonds, 37, was due to train with United on Thursday night but as yet no decision has been made regarding his immediate future.

Daubeney said, “Of course we would be interested in a player of Danny’s qualities but we need to go through the proper channels. I will have to speak to Danny (Bloor) and find out what’s happening before we can take this further.

“He is training with us this week and we will take it from there.”

United will aim to bounce back with a win at Loxwood following their 2-2 draw with Mile Oak last weekend.

Daubeney has been pleased with the performance of players during the season, and believes that the key to this has been the continuity of those at his disposal from the last campaign.

“The performances have been good, which is reflected in our current league position, while the fact that we have been able to retain much of the squad has made it easier to build on the previous year.

“The work-rate and level of commitment in matches, as well as training, has also been encouraging. The return of Pete (Featherstone) at centre-back will also help to sure up the defence.”

Although he is focusing primarily on his own team’s game, he is aware of Loxwood’s strengths, which he believes aren’t evident from their current standing in the competition.

“Loxwood are a strong and physical team who like to play the ball on the deck, and it will be a test for our squad to contain and prevent them from playing to their strengths.”