Dovey's keen on pro deal

By Wendy Gee

EASTLEIGH manager Ian Baird has offered a contract to goalkeeper Jack Dovey following his release from Saints.

Jack Dovey

But the 19-year-old, who has been on loan with the Spitfires since October last year, wants to join another pro club.

He recently spent three days with Eddie Howe's Burnley and had been due to play a trial game with Yeovil this week before damaging an ankle at Maidenhead last Saturday.

"I've told Jack he'd be better off getting games with me rather than playing as a number two elsewhere, but he's got aspirations to be a pro," said Baird.

"It's up to him, but I'm extremely impatient and with 650 players due to be released this summer, there will be plenty around."

With at least another six signings anticipated at Eastleigh, Baird has already started clearing the decks to make way for new arrivals.

Ian Herring, Richard Gillespie, Scott Rogers and Jamie Brown have been released while Chris Flood - one of ten players contracted for next season - has been transfer-limited.

Admitting the decision to part company with cult hero Brown was particularly tough, Baird said: "It's well documented what I think of Jamie.

"He's been a fantastic servant to this club and has played at times when others wouldn't have got out of bed.

"But he needs to be playing week in, week out."

Andy Forbes, Tom Jordan, Gary Elphick, Mitchell Nelson, Daryl McMahon, Damian Scannell, Michael Green, Danny Smith and Sam Wilson are all on contract for next term.

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