Jack Midson signs for Eastleigh
Eastleigh can today reveal that we have completed the signing of Jack Midson. The attacker comes to the Silverlake Stadium on a two-year deal, having played his football with AFC Wimbledon since 2011.
In his first campaign at Kingsmeadow, Midson’s 18 league goals were sufficient for him to finish tied at the top of League Two’s 2011/2012 scoring charts. Twelve months later, the striker completed another season as his club’s leading marksman. The last of Midson’s 13 strikes in 2012/2013, a penalty against Fleetwood Town, was decisive in the Dons’ retaining their Football League status.
Midson’s new boss, Richard Hill, has now secured the Spitfires’ second marquee acquisition in the space of three days, with the former Histon man’s arrival coming hot on the heels of the club’s swoop for James Constable. Hill says that the pursuit of Midson began as soon as he learned that the 30 year-old was set to become a free agent.
‘I have been speaking to Jack for a few weeks now, desperately trying to get this deal over the line. Like James Constable, Jack is an extremely ambitious lad and, to come and play in the Conference, he needed to be convinced that we’re not going into this league just to tread water.
‘Jack has committed to us for the next two years and, once more, that speaks volumes for this club’s long-term aspirations. We are all looking forward to welcoming a player of Jack’s pedigree and goal-scoring ability into what we consider is already a high-quality squad’.
Prior to his time at AFC Wimbledon, Midson was a team-mate of Constable’s for two years at Oxford United. That period included loan spells away from the U’s with both Southend United and Barnet.
The Stevenage born man began his career thirteen years ago with his home-town club, before moving on in 2003 to Arlesey Town. Midson had subsequent stops at Dagenham & Redbridge and Bishop’s Stortford, but it was on moving to Histon that he announced himself to a wider audience. The forward’s 20 Conference Premier goals in 2008/2009 helped the Stutes all the way to the semi-final of the season ending play-offs.