Sheffield United goalkeeper set to be given his big chance at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United have no immediate plans to sign a new goalkeeper to replace Simon Moore, The Star understands, with Jake Eastwood set to be given the chance to provide support for Aaron Ramsdale and Wes Foderingham next season.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 4:45 pm

Eastwood has spent most of his career at Bramall Lane out on loan, finishing last term on loan at Grimsby Town after a move to Kilmarmock was wrecked by injury.

Now fully recovered, and with United keen to continue their policy of developing home grown players, the 24-year-old has been told he can finally earn a place in new manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s first team squad providing he impresses in training.

The Serb is scheduled to officially start work at Bramall Lane on July 1, when his contract with Qatari club Al-Gharafa expires.

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Jake Eastwood of Sheffield Utd during the pre-season training: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Jake Eastwood of Sheffield Utd during the pre-season training: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

With Aaron Ramsdale recently being summoned into England’s squad for the European Championships, Eastwood’s chance to catch Jokanivic’s eye could come sooner than expected with his team mate set to be granted an extended period of absence this summer due to his involvement in the tournament.

That means Wes Foderingham, Ramsdale’s main deputy, is likely to start their opening warm-up fixtures with Eastwood his main back-up on the bench.

Paul Hurst, the Town manager, confirmed last month that his plan to extend Eastwood’s stay in north Lincolnshire appeared to have been thwarted by the player’s “new role” at United.

Moore was allowed to leave South Yorkshire earlier this month, when his deal expired. Moore won promotion from both League One and the Championship during his time with the club.