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Partington leaves for Bristol Rovers

Eastleigh Football Club can confirm that club captain Joe Partington has today left the club and joined Bristol Rovers for a club record transfer fee.

The club gave Joe permission to speak with Bristol Rovers yesterday following an offer which activated a release clause in his contract.


The club were in negotiations to extend Joe’s contract further, however with such a high level of interest being shown from teams higher up the pyramid it was always likely that his would be difficult to conclude.

Joe has been an extremely popular member of the squad since signing and has made over 100 appearances for the club. He has conducted himself impeccably and is fully deserving of the opportunity to return to the Football League.

Whilst the club are extremely disappointed to lose Joe, we are absolutely delighted for him personally. It is a fantastic move, to a super club and we wish Joe well for the future and thank him for all his efforts whilst at our club.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bristol Rovers for the manner in which they approached the signing of Joe and especially that of their manager Darrell Clarke.





Eastleigh captain Joe Partington joins Bristol Rovers for record fee

EASTLEIGH club captain Joe Partington has joined League One Bristol Rovers for a club record fee. The 26-year-old was also attracting interest from League 2 pair Luton Town and Doncaster and Scottish club Partick Thistle. Partington, who was in the last six months of his Eastleigh contract, initially joined the club on loan from Bournemouth in the second half of the 2014/15 season.

A Message From Parts | Eastleigh FC

I would just like to say thank you for all the support you have given me. It was always a pleasure to play for Eastleigh and especially to represent you as captain. The messages I have received yesterday and today have been really heartening to read and I am very grateful for the relationship I have with the fans and the club.

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