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Hill opts to strengthen after all..
3:03pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport
LESS than 48 hours after hinting he would bring no immediate new signings into table-topping Eastleigh, manager Richard Hill has made one!
The Spitfires boss has swooped for defender Damian Batt a week after the 28-year-old retired from professional football with Oxford United to concentrate on running his own business.
Born in Welwyn Garden City, Batt, who turns 29 next week, started his career in Norwich City’s youth ranks before joining Dagenham & Redbridge.
He went on to make 37 appearance for Barnet in League Two before dropping into the non-League ranks with St Albans City.
Stevenage Borough were next on Batt’s travels followed by spells at Woking, Fisher and Grays.
He finally settled down at Oxford where he made 177 appearances, helping them to victory in the 2010 Conference National play-off final.
Batt had a trial at Vancouver Whitecaps in July, but left without a deal and last week chose to stop playing professionally.
He tweeted: "After turning down some fantastic opportunities and offers I have had to make the hardest decision of my life and retire from full-time professional football."
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