Odubade the latest Eastleigh acquisition

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill has added a third close season signing with Football Conference Premier League experience to his squad today in the form of striker Yemi Odubade.

Yemi OdubadeThe 29 year old Nigerian born striker, full name Emmanuel Odubade, was one of seven players released by Conference Premier side Gateshead at the end of the season having spent the second part of the 2012/13 season on loan at Forest Green Rovers.

Odubade started his career at Eastbourne Town where he spent his childhood, netting sixty-four goals in eighty-five appearances thus attracting the attention of Yeovil Town who signed him in July 2004.

Having only made six first team appearances scoring one goal, Odubade departed to link up with Eastbourne Borough.

With a scoring rate of a goal every other game in the colours of Eastbourne Borough; the player was the subject of a transfer to Oxford United following two F A Cup ties, in which Odubade impressed the then Oxford manager Brian Talbot.

In a three year spell Odubade appeared in 135 league appearances for Oxford United scoring twenty nine goals and also picking up an accolade as Players Player of the Year.

A two year spell with Stevenage Borough then followed, helping Stevenage gain promotion to the Football League. With another fifteen league goals being scored from fifty two appearances.

During his time at Stevenage, Odubade also had a loan spell at Newport County with a further goal from eleven appearances.

Having joined Gateshead in the summer of 2011, Odubade netted ten goals in fifty one league appearances.

Odubade was allowed to join Forest Green Rovers on a loan deal in January 2013 until the end of the season. With one goal from fourteen appearances, his parent club Gateshead did not keep Odubade on their retained list at the end of the season.

Having heard of his availability, Eastleigh manager Hill, currently enjoying a family break in Italy, took time out to secure the services of the sought after striker.

Delighted with his latest acquisition, Hill having added a proven goalscorer to his squad and managing to fend off several other clubs chasing Odubade’s signature commented: "I was impressed with his own personal ambition and his desire to be successful and Yemi opted to sign for Eastleigh as he wants to be with a Club that hold the same ambitions."

Odubade, who is primarily a striker can also be deployed as a winger will link up with the rest of the Eastleigh squad when they return to pre-season training on 1st July.

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