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Green transferred to Totton, Clark latest

Eastleigh Director of Football Dave Malone confirmed the following news stories on the club message board:

(1) "Steve Clark has agreed terms with Chelmsford City, and we await the completion of the necessary documents to finalise the transfer. We are confident that this time it will be completed!"

(2) "We have agreed a fee for the transfer of Michael Green to AFC Totton. Whilst we are sorry to be losing a player of undoubted talent and promise, the offer made by the other Club was sufficient enough for us to accept - bearing in mind that Michael had not made a single appearance for us at Senior level. Again, this transfer is subject to the final completion of documentation, and the agreement of terms between Michael and AFC Totton."

"The Directors of EFC would wish to make it clear that both of the above transfers have been approved in order for the Club to retain a sensible financial balance. The Manager is aware of the need to operate within a strict financial budget, which precludes him from retaining as many players as he might wish. To that end, we would record our thanks to Bairdy, and we would ask our supporters to accept that on some occasions decisions have to be taken that are prudent - even when they might appear less than desirable."

On the subject of Michael Green, AFC Totton's Mick Budny released the following statement on the Stags' website:

"We have agreed a fee with Eastleigh for Michael Green to become an AFC Totton player subject to completing one or two formalities over the next couple of days."

"Michael was identified by Eastleigh in pre season as an exceptional local talent. During their pre season Michael caught the eye of many of the Spitfires fans with some excellent displays.Eastleigh really wanted to keep Michael but like us both clubs have very limited budgets and cannot keep every player so therefore a club will prioritise where they need to strengthen on the pitch. In our case Michael will strengthen and provide competition for places in an already solid defensive unit and has fitted in very well with the other lads whilst he has been on loan."

"Although his favoured position is left back Michael has played in three different positions and has impressed Stu, myself and the coaching team with his ability and versatility. We are convinced he has a bright future in the game but he will not realise that unless he has the opportunity to play more regular first team football. We are also extremely confident that we will get a good return on our investment in respect of his performances on the pitch for us and should he move up into a higher level of football."

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