After just more than two weeks since Eastleigh’s last game of the season against Boreham Wood, the Spitfires are already now looking ahead to next season.
Life in the Conference National will certainly be a new experience for Eastleigh fans as the club prepares to make major improvements to the Silverlake Stadium.
They have already announced that will be placing Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club’s 2000 capacity terracing into the stadium in the summer, which they purchased recently.
Excited chairman and owner, Stewart Donald commented on the ground improvements and said:
‘During the summer, the Exeter Chief stand that we bought, that will be in by June – so that will give us about 1250 standing spaces opposite the main stand.
‘The remainder of the terrace is going to go behind the goal at the clubhouse end.
‘There will probably, subject to the council saying yes, be a 2,200 seater stand at the Silverlake end.
‘And again, subject to the council saying yes, the plans for about a 2,500/3000 seater stadium with corporate facilities will start in September and finish in March.’
When asked where he would like to see Eastleigh finish next season, Stewart confidently said:
‘Top five is what I would like.
‘Being realistic as well, we are the only team that has never played at this high standard before so it’s going to be very tough.
‘We might struggle with that, but we got to aim for top five and see how close we can get.
‘I don’t think the transfer scenario would be too much of a problem, in some ways it might help a little bit because it galvanises the mind that you got to get everything done.
‘At the end of the day, it’s the same for every team in the league.
‘It’s been a little easier in the Conference South because we could get players when we want but I think the reality of it is, it’s the same for everyone and I can’t see it being a problem.’
New dugouts will be also be built as well as new turnstiles in preparation for bumper crowds throughout the season.
Help with painting the clubhouse and changing rooms will be required from fans so if you wish to help then contact chairman of The Spifires Supporters Club, Chris Blake on 07973 744584.