Ben Strevens’ Spitfires have signed Ebbsfleet United’s Jack Payne on a one-year deal.
The 27-year-old midfielder re-joins Eastleigh, having signed on a one-month loan last season.
Whilst on loan at The Silverlake Stadium, Payne made five appearances and did not experience defeat in the blue of Eastleigh.
Last season, in addition to his five appearances on loan at Eastleigh, Payne represented Ebbsfleet United 32 times in the Vanarama National League.Payne has previously represented the likes of Gillingham, Leyton Orient and Blackpool. He has accumulated 60 appearances in the National League, 146 appearances in League Two, 94 in League One and 14 in the Championship.
First team manager Ben Strevens spoke to the official club website and said:
‘I am delighted to get this deal over the line. Luckily quite a few people know Payney from him coming on loan here last year when Hess was manager.
‘I’ve known Payney for ten years or so as I was at Gillingham with him. He’s technically very good on the ball and he’s got a good right foot as well. He will give us another dimension in the midfield and will balance off well with Dutchy, Cav or Jack.
‘He can get more goals, I’m going to try and get that into him. He’s got such a good range of passing and he can get there with his shooting as well. He’s backed himself to do well for us, he a good lad and more importantly he’s a good player.’
Meanwhile Mark Yeates and Josh Hare have both parted ways leaving for AFC Fylde and Bristol Rovers respectively.
This news comes just moments after manager Strevens signed a two year deal to remain as First Team Manager until the end of the 2020/2021 season.
Streven’s initially led the side on a caretaker basis following the departure of Andy Hessenthaler to Dover last season.
Ben Strevens will be joined by Jason Bristow (First team assistant manager) and Ross Flitney (First team goalkeeping coach) who have also signed two year deals to remain with the club. Strevens told the official club website:
‘I’m delighted to get it all signed and all done, I think it was important for me and the management team after last season the club has shown a lot of faith in us. After last season it was a case of putting our own personal situations to one side to sort out the squad.
‘We really have to build on what we did last year, keep working hard and now it’s a long-term project and hopefully a successful one.’