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Stewart Donald interview | Radio Solent

Quotes from Stewart Donald's interview with BBC Radio Solent looking ahead to next season:

“The team that’s finished the season is not strong enough to achieve our ambitions," said the Spitfires chairman.

"We were in serious trouble and that was predominantly due to the players that were here.

“Richard’s got players on contract potentially signed by three different managers who were all looking for different things.

“We’ve got a few players on contract, which will give us a starting point of about 11, but those players may or may not end up featuring.

“We will meet our financial commitments to them, but it isn’t a given that they will play.

“One or two will be told that, although they’re on contract, they can look for other clubs.”

Three of Eastleigh’s bigger-named players – ex-Football League trio Ryan Cresswell, Jason Taylor and Reda Johnson – have missed significant chunks of the season injured.

Donald said: “They’re all strong players and we’ll assess their injuries and whether we will get 30-40 games from them next season.”

Reflecting on the 2016/17 campaign, the chairman summed up: "It's been an emotional season with lots of ups and downs - and an expensive one too. We haven't achieved what we wanted to on the pitch but I think the club and myself will learn from it and be stronger for it in the long run."

Ambitious Eastleigh ready for a summer of recruitment

EASTLEIGH boss Richard Hill is due to meet the players today regarding the retained list for next season. The process is complicated this year by the fact that four different team bosses have had spells in charge and Hill has inherited contract players he would not ordinarily have kept.

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Players under contract for the 2017/18 Season –

Mark Childs
Graham Stack
Adam Dugdale
Chinua Cole
Ross Stearn
Sam Togwell
Gavin Hoyte
Ryan Cresswell
Reda Johnson
Jason Taylor
Ayo Obileye
Tom Bearwish

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James Constable, Michael Green and Craig McAllister have been offered new contracts.

Sam Matthews, Ben Close, Hakeem Odoffin, Joshua Barnes and Nick Hall have all returned to their parent clubs following the expiry of their loan agreements.

David Pipe, Ryan Burge, Matt Tubbs, Jack Smith, Jack Masterton, Connor Essam and Scott Wilson have been released.

Ben Strevens and Paul Reid have been retained for next season in coaching and scouting roles respectively.
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