East on his role in the Blues side
Danny East has been deployed in a variety of positions for Pompey.
The 21-year-old has featured in both full-back berths and a central midfield role since signing in the summer.
He admits that being so versatile can have its drawbacks when trying to nail down a regular spot in the side.
Although East is more than comfortable featuring anywhere he is needed by the Blues.
“The versatile tag can work both ways,” he says in the official matchday magazine for tonight’s match against Southend. “When you’re needed to fill a gap it can help the team out and I enjoy moving around the pitch, but I’m still not sure what my best position is.
“I love playing centre midfield because you get more of the ball, although I don’t really mind playing anywhere.
“I know Jamie Carragher recently said that nobody wants to be a full-back, but now you have players like Dani Alves and Ashley Cole who like to get forward and more kids want to play in that role.
“I signed for Hull as a midfielder, then went to centre-back for a bit before moving to right-back. I actually played every single position during my time here – even in goal after our keeper got sent off!”
You can read the full interview with East – including his thoughts on settling on the south coast – in tonight’s programme.
Issue 11 is another packed edition with a double-sided pull-out poster, collectable player cards and the concluding part of the latest adventure for Nelson and Mary Rose in our comic strip.
Also in the perfect-bound 84-page publication, Gavin Mahon discusses his firsts, we take an in-depth look at Southend and there are exclusive columns from Iain McInnes, Johnny Ertl and Alan Knight.
Plus augmented reality technology – courtesy of our friends at Blippar and Navigate Digital – will bring the programme to life.
Tonight’s matchday magazine is available to buy from programme sellers around Fratton Park and is great value at just £3.
Please note that tonight’s programme was printed before yesterday’s statement was released.