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Eastwood told he can leave

Freddy Eastwood has been told he can find a new club by manager Andy Thorn

Coventry City manager Andy Thorn has told Freddy Eastwood he is free to find a new club.

Manager Andy Thorn admits it’s time for the Sky Blues striker to move on after a disappointing start to his fourth and final season at the Ricoh Arena.

“I have had a chat with him and told him it is time he found another club,” said the City boss of the player who has battled with his fitness since he returned for pre-season.

“I need all hands on deck and it’s just not happening.

“I have spoken to his agent as well because it is time to move on.

“I can’t use him at the moment because he’s a passenger and I need all the help I can get with everyone pulling in the right direction.

“He’s a good lad, a good kid, but it’s time for him to find another club.”

“I have been waiting for him to get himself right since we came back in July.

“We’re in October now so I have been waiting for three months.”

Eastwood who has scored 18 goals in 117 appearances for the Sky Blues, including the first hat-trick at The Ricoh Arena against Peterborough, spent a week of intensive training at Lillenhall in a bid to get back into shape.

“It’s disappointing because, as I said, he is a good lad but the football club and the team comes first,” added Thorn.

“And when one of your highest earners is not contributing there’s not much else you can do.

“So I think it is time for him to move on and I’ve told him that.

“That’s football. If he comes back flying and his weight is right then fine. As a senior player I expected him to give me a hell of a lot more.

“He’s been told what to do but I can’t play him at the moment.”

Thorn admits there has been some interest from League One clubs for Eastwood’s signature, but being one of City’s top earners proves to be a stumbling block as no one can afford him.

If City were able to offload Eastwood though, it might, just might, free up some finances for a potential loan deal.

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