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Eastleigh Move For Striker Fleetwood

Much sought-after striker Stuart Fleetwood has become the latest player to sign forms for Conference South club Eastleigh.

Manager Richard Hill captured the striker following his release from Luton Town despite attempts from Football League and Conference Premier sides to tempt the striker to their squads for the fast approaching 2013/14 season.

The 27-year-old (pictured) signed a one-year deal and will be included in the squad for the club's home pre-season friendly with Aldershot on Saturday.

Fleetwood started his career with Cardiff City making eight Football League appearances for the club. Qualifying to play for Wales through his father's birthrights, Fleetwood made ten appearances for the Welsh Under-17 side and also five for the Welsh Under-21s.

In club football, Hereford United was the next step in his career, starting with four goals in his first five games as he helped Hereford to a Conference Play-Off Final victory to regain the club's Football League status. Scoring the club's first Football League goal on their return was followed by a hat-trick in the League Cup against Coventry City, before Fleetwood contracted a virus that saw the player laid low for several months.

Following a loan spell with Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood was offered the move to Forest Green Rovers where a season's return brought 28 goals in 41 league appearances. The season's performance brought about a move to Charlton Athletic, though despite loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Exeter City, Fleetwood left Charlton without making a league appearance for them.

His next step was to return to Hereford United, this time helping the club to survive a fight against relegation from the Football League, being the club's top goalscorer for the season. In August 2011, Fleetwood moved on to Luton Town as the Hatters looked to make their promotion back to the Football League a high priority. He was the club's leading goalscorer in the 2011/12 season, but fell out of favour at Luton midway through last season.

With their latest arrival, Eastleigh now boast a strike force of Craig McAllister, Ben Strevens and Fleetwood, along with the goalscoring talents of Jai Reason and Damian Scannell.

Manager Richard Hill commented: "The one position I felt we needed was a left sided player. We knew Fleetwood was speaking to clubs in the Conference albeit a little bit further north than he would have wished, so I turned my interest towards another couple of left sided players.

"Then it became evident that Fleets didn't want to move up north and he made known to me through Chris Todd that he would be delighted to come and play for Eastleigh FC."


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