Williams on brink of Totton move

By Wendy Gee -

AFC Totton are on the brink of buying another of Eastleigh's talented youngsters.

Terms have been agreed for 21-year-old striker Brett Williams to make a permanent move to Testwood Park having already enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with the Zamaretto Division 1 South & West promotion hopefuls.

It is hoped the deal will go through in time for Williams to be available for Totton’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Bath City on Saturday.

Williams’s departure will be a blow to Eastleigh fans who were won over by the former Winchester City frontman when he burst onto the first-team scene last season. The Southampton-born hitman netted four goals in ten starts and 14 sub appearances for Ian Baird’s side as they powered towards the Blue Square South play-offs.

The Spitfires have only recently sold another of their young finds, 20-year-old former Christchurch left-sided player Michael Green, to Totton.

And if centre-back Aaron Martin, 20, gets his dream move to Saints, it means Eastleigh will have sold their three brightest young prospects in the space of a month.

But, much as Spitfires director of football David Malone would love to have kept the young trio, he believes that selling them on for a decent fee makes solid financial sense in the current economic climate.

“We’ve been negotiating with Totton about Brett for a week and had a board meeting on Monday to decide if we would accept their offer,” he explained. “Reluctantly we are allowing the player to go.

“Bearing in mind our financial position, it was an offer we felt obliged to consider seriously.

“You never want to lose emerging young talent, but I don’t believe any club at any level, from the Premier League down, who say a player is not for sale (at any price).

“Either they’re round the twist or they’re telling lies.

“We’re sad to see Brett go.”

Although Williams has played just six games on loan at Totton this season – and not all of them as an out-and- out striker – he is already their joint second top scorer with five goals.

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