Notts County boss Curle confident defender Eastham will be big hit
NOTTS County boss Keith Curle says Ian Holloway would never let him down – because he was best man at his wedding!
Blackpool boss Holloway has loaned the Magpies his highly-rated young centre-back Ashley Eastham for a month.
He was on the subs' bench as Notts lost 1-0 to League One leaders Tranmere Rovers, having only moved to Meadow Lane 24 hours before the game.
But he could now make his debut at Carlisle United.
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Midfielder Joss Labadie has tweeted that he has suffered a knee ligament injury so that could lead to Gary Liddle being thrust into midfield, giving Eastham, 21, a chance to partner Dean Leacock at the heart of the back-four at Brunton Park.
He already has experience of League One, having played 25 league games for Bury last season.
He has also played in League Two in two loan spells at Cheltenham Town and at Fleetwood this season.
Curle is confident he will be a big hit with the Magpies.
"He's a player with a lot of promise," said Curle.
"He's primarily a centre-back, but he can play as a holding midfielder and right-back as well.
"He played a lot of games at Bury last season and he's been at Carlisle and Cheltenham as well.
"He's young, aggressive and he's got ability.
"Dean Leacock and Gary Liddle have done excellently from the start of the season so he's got to earn the right to get into the team now."
The Magpies have also signed left-back Jordan Stewart, 30, on a deal until January and he made his debut against Tranmere.
"I thought Jordan did very well," said Curle.
"He's trained with us for about a week so has done a lot of fitness work and knows the players and I thought he slotted in very nicely.
"He's got plenty of experience, knows how to play the left-back position and also adds more competition to the squad."