Jack's our lad

Jack Dovey
The signings just keep coming as we are delighted to announce the permanent addition of 19-year-old talented goalkeeper Jack Dovey.

Former Southampton professional Jack is said to be thrilled to have finally concluded negotiations that will see him at the Silverlake for the next two years.

Manager Ian Baird said: “Jack did well for us last year and if he continues to apply himself will no doubt have a big future in the game."

Ian’s proven record selling players to the professional game was a major factor on securing his signature, he continued: “Negotiations have been going on for some time to say the least, but ultimately he was always desperate to sign for us and we were desperate for him to sign.

“In the end I’m pleased he has taken my advice and trusts me, showing maturity beyond his years and sees Eastleigh as the platform to get back into the professional game.”

Jack was born in Southampton, growing up in Totton and signing for the Saints in 2003 after being scouted at schoolboy level.

A lifelong fan of his local club he was a permanent fixture in the promising Southampton Under-18’s side for two seasons before progressing into the Under-21’s squad. Jack made his first appearance in the senior squad when he appeared on the bench for the first team in a Carling Cup last 16 clash against Crystal Palace in October 2011.

With a glowing Southampton reference he joined Eastleigh on loan at the end of October 2011 initially for a month which was then extended until the end of the season. He made his league debut in a 3-1 victory at Thurrock, where the young shot-stopper saved a penalty. Jack featured regularly for the first team for the remainder of the season displacing Gareth Barfoot between the sticks.

Jack was recently released by Southampton and fans and officials alike will be delighted to see the talented keeper return to the Silverlake.

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