Eastleigh sign Oxford’s Constable

New Signing: Striker James Constable playing for Oxford last season

New Signing: Striker James Constable playing for Oxford last season

 

Eastleigh have swooped for 29 year-old Oxford United striker James Constable following his departure from the Sky Bet League Two Club.

The former England C striker scored 106 goals in five seasons for the U’s –  just one goal short of a 40 year-old record.

After securing a two year contract with the striker, former Oxford United player and Eastleigh manager Richard Hill was delighted with the capture and said to the official website:

‘I’ve spent the past two-and-a-half weeks speaking to James and telling him all about what we are striving to achieve here.

‘On the three occasions we’ve met, and during numerous telephone conversations, the subject of money has never been raised.

‘In truth, James was keen to stay at Oxford and overhaul the club’s scoring record.

‘Oxford’s loss, though, is definitely our gain.

‘Don’t misinterpret James dropping down a level as representing any lack of personal ambition.

‘After listening to what we’ve had to say he is excited to be embarking on this next stage of the Eastleigh project with us, and wholeheartedly believes he is coming to a place where he can be part of something extremely special’.

The former Walsall striker begun his career in non-league with Cirencester Town and then Chippenham Town where he earned a football league contract with the West Midlands side.

Despite playing 23  football league appearances for Walsall, the forward then went back to non-league football with Kiddiminster Harriers only to return back to the football league with Shrewsbury Town in 2008.

After playing league and non-league football for nearly all his career, the striker then signed for  Oxford United following a successful loan spell in the Conference National and went on help them get promoted to League Two.

Constable will join an exciting strike force that includes Stuart Fleetwood, Yemi Odubade, Craig McAllister and Ben Strevens who have all signed contracts for next season.

The full retained list for next season is as follows:

Ross Flitney, Dan Spence, Michael Green, Jamie Collins, Dean Beckwith, Chris Todd, Ben Strevens, Glen Southam, Craig McAllister, Jai Reason, Stuart Fleetwood, Yemi Odubade and Will Evans.

Defender Chris Dillon unfortunately was not offered a contract for next season and assistant manager Guy Butters has left the club.

This has allowed striker McAllister to take over as player/assistant manager and defender Chris Todd to take up the role as player/coach.