Plymouth chairman Peter Ridsdale blames distance for Freddy Eastwood snub

Plymouth chairman Peter Ridsdale has spoken out over Coventry striker Freddy Eastwood’s decision not to take up the offer to join the struggling League 2 side on loan.

Citing potential distance and travel issues, Ridsdale told the Plymouth Herald:

“He was just one of the players that we sounded out. So yes, the question was asked but, for whatever reason – maybe the distance was a factor – he did not want to come down.”

The Wales international has fallen down the pecking order at the Ricoh Arena in recent months, with Sky Blues boss Andy Thorn preferring the likes of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Cody McDonald to lead the line for the Championship side currently sitting in the relegation zone.

Although the pursuit of Eastwood has ended, Ridsdale remains hopeful on bringing in other proven footballers to help ease The Pilgrims away from the threat of relegation themselves, and to help maintain the relative good atmosphere at Home Park following the club’s recent rescue from administration:

“It’s no secret that Plymouth need someone to put the ball into the back of the net and an experienced player at the other end to help us stop conceding goals.

“But we’ve got feelers out to a number of football clubs and I’m reasonably optimistic that we will have one, if not two, new faces in time for Saturday.”

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