SCOTT Shearer rates Simon Eastwood as one of the best goalkeepers he has worked alongside during his long career.

The 36-year-old was brought in by Oxford United last summer to ensure Eastwood kept his standards high.

And Shearer has been very impressed with the U’s No 1.

He said: “I’m not just saying this, but he’s up there as one of the very best I’ve worked with.

“Every day his application is 110 per cent, like the whole goalkeeping group.

“We’ve got a really good group and it’s a pleasure to work with them every day.

“I try to push Simon as much as I can. I don’t know how he makes the saves he does.”

There are concerns about Eastwood’s future at the club, with Barnsley confirming yesterday he was on their list of targets.

The 28-year-old withdrew from the squad for the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night, but United insisted it was due to the goalkeeper picking up a minor shoulder injury.

His fitness was due to be assessed at the training ground yesterday and United hope he will return between the sticks against Walsall tomorrow.

Shearer made the most of his rare chance to play, saving two penalties in the shoot-out victory at the Valley.

It was his 400th career appearance and while he did not expect to play regularly at United, the Scot wants more.

He said: “With the age I’m at and the games I’ve played I know what I need to do.

“Of course I want to play any game I can.

“Although I enjoy being around the lads, I did come to try to play games. I’ve still got that desire.”