Eastleigh sign Tyrone Barnett

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires have signed striker Tyrone Barnett (Eastleigh’s recent trialist) before Saturday’s Vanarama National League opener at home to Notts County.

The 33-year-old began his career in the youth set-up at West Brom and has enjoyed spells with a number of football league teams before being released from Cheltenham Town last season.

He was named in the League 2 Team of the Season for 2011/12 after scoring 14 goals in 33 appearances for Crawley Town, earning him a move to Peterborough United for over £1 million.

Since then, Barnett has spent time with the likes of Ipswich Town, Bristol City and Oxford United, before he moved to Cheltenham in January 2019 after a successful initial loan spell.

Barnett scored seven times for The Robins and becomes Eastleigh’s sixth summer signing following a successful trial period.

Upon making his trial move a permanent one, Barnett said to the official website:

‘I’m excited, it’s been a couple of weeks coming in and I’m finally happy to get it sorted now. This is the first season in a while, probably the last two years, that I’ve had a really good pre-season. It’s important as a player to get that under your belt, bond with the players and get your fitness up, I’ve had a really good pre-season so I’m excited to get started’

Manager Strevens also said to the official website:

‘I’m very happy to have Tyrone join the club and that we were able to complete this deal. He will be a fantastic addition to the squad both on and off the pitch given his experience and the younger lads can learn from him. I have confidence he will make a real impact in this team.’