Eastleigh announced yesterday that defender Richard Duffy has spoken with manager Chris Todd prior to the commencement of pre-season training to inform him that he has received an offer from an English Football League. The former Port Vale man only signed for the Spitfires last month however he has now signed for League Two side Notts County. It is thought that Notts County is much close to Duffy’s home and that Eastleigh manager Chris Todd would not step in his way. Todd commented on the matter for the official Eastleigh FC website and said: ‘Whilst I am clearly disappointed that Richard will not be joining my squad for the 2016/17 campaign it is vital that the whole team are here in soul as well as body next season and that they are all fully focused on the job in hand.
‘It is no secret that we will be going for promotion again this year, this is clear from the signings we have made so far this summer and with everything taken into consideration I felt it was best that we allowed Richard to go elsewhere if he was not 100% focused on the clubs main objective.
‘We are still working exceptionally hard to strengthen the squad and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Chairman Stewart Donald for the way he has supported me so far in the summer transfer market.
‘I hope we can add one, or maybe two more names to the squad before we get going in the next week or so.’