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Curle Is The Ideal Tutor

8 October 2012

New recruit hopes to learn a lot from Keith Curle...

Ashley Eastham is looking forward to tapping into his new gaffer’s knowledge of the game.

Eastham, 21, arrived at Meadow Lane ahead of Saturday’s game on a one-month loan from Championship Blackpool.

The promising centre-back sees first team manager Keith Curle as the perfect mentor, having played at the top flight and represented his country on the international stage during his days as a player. 

Eastham leapt at the chance to come to Meadow Lane and hopes that it will aid with his development.  

“I’m delighted, I was made aware of the interest from the gaffer and his staff last week and I jumped at the chance to come,” he told Magpie Player. 

“I know that Ian Holloway and Keith Curle are good friends and he’s an ex-centre-half so I’ve got a good tutor there. 

“I’ve got to look to kick on in my career, I’ve played League 1 with Bury last season and really enjoyed it, and I’m looking to keep making that step up and keep developing and get better.

“I’ve really enjoyed it so far, the staff are brilliant, the players are good as well and they’re only going to help me develop, and hopefully I’ll add to this squad as well.”

Eastham did not feature in the weekend’s loss to league leaders Tranmere Rovers but hopes that he can force his way into the starting 11 for Saturday’s trip to Carlisle United. 

“Unfortunately I only got the chance to join up with the lads the day before Saturday’s game, after being involved with the Blackpool squad away at Hull, but I’m buzzing to get going now,” he continued. 

“The manager didn’t want to throw me in at the weekend, and that’s not to say I was going to start anyway, and I thought it would be selfish of myself, not really knowing the lads that well.

“A week’s training will be great to get under my belt and, fingers crossed, I can push for that starting line-up next week.” 

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