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Sam Matthews extends loan at Eastleigh

January 9, 2018

Eastleigh can today confirm that Sam Matthews’ loan from Bournemouth has been renewed until the end of the season.

This marks Matthews’ third stint at the club in two seasons.

He initially joined Eastleigh in January 2016 – shining during a difficult period for the Spitfires, scoring three goals in 12 appearances.

Since returning to the club in August 2017, he has made a further 21 appearances, scoring on two occasions.

Commenting on the announcement, first team manager Andy Hessenthaler spoke to the official website and said:

‘We’re over the moon, obviously. He’s been terrific – we played him in a slightly different role on Saturday, just behind the striker, which I think suits him.

‘I’m sure Bournemouth have seen how he’s getting on – it’s great for his development here, and they’re happy for him to stay until the end of the season. He’s a pleasure to work with.’

On signing, Sam Matthews said:

‘I’m obviously really pleased to extend my loan until the end of the season.

‘We’ve had a difficult first half of the season, but in the last few games we’ve picked up a few good results and have the momentum with us now.

‘Hopefully we can continue the form we’ve shown and keep pushing on.’

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