Ian Baird’s Spitfires have released eight players following a statement from Eastleigh Director of Football Dave Malone on the Eastleigh fans forum.
“I therefore list under the players that we (to date) have released.
We are currently talking with several of the remainder of our existing squad – SOME of which we hope will remain with us for the 2011/2012 season. We would like to thank all of the above players for the contribution they have made to the Club, and to wish them well for the future.”
Dave Malone then later added
“Peter, Warren , and Jason (in particular) have been exceptionally loyal to EFC and a credit to themselves in the way in which they have served the Club. I too will be sad to see all of the released players depart – but time moves on, and we have to look to the future. Good luck to them all.”
This news came two days after the news of Eastleigh’s new 2011/2012 shirt sponsor, Whelan Pest Prevention.
Sean Whelan (MD of Whelan Pest Prevention Limited) added.
” We have been delighted to be supporting Eastleigh Football Club in recent seasons. This sponsorship deal further enhances our commitment to Eastleigh F.C. and Local Football”
“We will also be offering Special discounts on our services for all Eastleigh supporters and Fellow sponsors for the forthcoming season. Please call our offices on 08456 80 80 98”
The new shirt next season will remain the same design and colours just with a different sponsor.
In other news,a recent press release by Director Of Football Dave Malone stated on the fans forum on Tuesday.
“Eastleigh Football Club believe that the way for us to continue our progress is to alter our football strategy, and to channel significant efforts towards bringing in and helping to develop talented younger players. We intend to achieve this by offering them a full time professional environment within which to work. This is part of our medium term plan to both achieve promotion and to change the ethos and culture of the Club. To achieve this we also recognise that we will need to retain a nucleus of senior players to support our aims. Therefore, in the short to medium term ,we will be operating a combination of part time senior and full time young players. Our First Team Manager Ian Baird will become a full time employee supported by a complete Coaching and Management team.”
Jamie Slabber won the player’s and manager’s player of the season and captain Tommy Jordan won the Parker Trophy.
Up and coming Eastleigh reserve captain Liam Hibberd shared the reserve player of the season Joe Crook.