Eastleigh sign Josh Hare

23-year-old defender Josh Hare has signed a one-year deal with Eastleigh to become Andy Hessenthaler’s second signing of the summer.

Hare was most recently at Maidstone United in the National League and has also played for Leatherhead, Eastbourne Borough, and Gillingham.

Upon signing for the Spitfires, Josh said: “I am really pleased to join Eastleigh. A major factor for me was the chance to join a full-time club. 
"Being able to concentrate on my football every day was a no-brainer.

“I am an ambitious player and the club are equally as ambitious. 
"We all want to be successful here and hopefully we can achieve our targets.

“I am a hard worker firstly and more than happy to get up and down the wing. I like to be positive and get forward as much as I can.”

Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler said: “I am delighted to secure the services of Josh. 
"He is young, versatile and attacking. He is exactly the type of player we want to bring to the club.

“His ambitions match the pla…

Oscar Gobern signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh has announced the signing of 27-year-old midfielder Oscar Gobern on a one-year deal.

Gobern, the Spitfires' first signing of the summer, came through the ranks at Southampton and played a role in helping the club win promotion from League One to the Championship.

His previous clubs also include MK Dons, Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil.

First Team manager Andy Hessenthaler commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to get this over the line.

"He has a decent pedigree and has played at a good level. He is young and hungry and will be a big addition to the playing squad.

“I would also like to thank the club in their efforts to get the deal completed. I know there has been a lot of hard work gone on behind the scenes and I can’t thank them enough.”

Upon signing for Eastleigh, Gobern said: “After speaking to the gaffer and Strevs (Ben Strevens), it was clear what their intentions are and it was a no-brainer for me to come down.

"The potential this club has is tremendous a…

Club statements: Ownership, Hessenthaler, Hill

Change in ownership

Eastleigh FC are pleased to confirm details of the ownership changes due to outgoing chairman Stewart Donald’s purchase of Sunderland AFC.

The club is now in possession of the relevant Football Association ownership and directors’ test approvals for Kenny Amor, Tom Coffey and Joanne Sprigg.

We are, therefore, now able to confirm that an agreement has been made for the above trio and current chief executive officer Mark Jewell to purchase a controlling interest of the football club from Stewart Donald and his family.

The new owners are due to be formally introduced to the National League’s executive board during the National Conference at the Celtic Manor on Saturday, June 9.

However, they have immediately taken control of the day-to-day running of the club.

We appreciate the fans’ patience during this transition period as we understand you have been eager for updates surrounding the future of the club.

Further updates regarding club developments will follow when we…

Eastleigh FC put up for sale

Eastleigh FC has been put up for sale by chairman Stewart Donald, who looks set to invest in Sunderland.

The statement in full from Donald reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform the Eastleigh fans that I have put our football club up for sale. I have spent over six years at the club and from the very first moment I arrived I have been welcomed and treated with great respect and kindness and I am truly grateful for the support everyone has given regardless of how well the team have performed at any given time.

"It is an emotional decision for me and one that I did not expect to have to make. However, with my potential involvement in Sunderland, it is a condition that I must relinquish control of Eastleigh. If the rules were different I would have loved to remain with the club for many years to come.

"Eastleigh has become, and will always be, extremely close to my heart. I have always tried to look after the club to the best of my abi…

Solihull Moors 1-4 Eastleigh

Eastleigh signed off the season in style with a 4-1 win against Solihull Moors with Sam Matthews scoring a hat-trick and starring for the Spitfires.

Eastleigh finished their @TheNationalLge season in style 👌@SolihullMoors 1-4 @EastleighFC

Sam Matthews (@Sam_LMatthews) with a hat-trick 👊 Listen to the goals ⬇️ — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) April 28, 2018

Eastleigh 0-2 Macclesfield

Eastleigh's final home game of the season ended in defeat as Macclesfield won 2-0 at the Silverlake Stadium to secure promotion to League Two as champions.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:

Gateshead 2-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh came back empty-handed from a long trip to Gateshead. The hosts scored a goal either side of half time to win 2-0.