Eastleigh seal Binns deal

Daily Echo: Ian Baird Ian Baird

AMBITIOUS Eastleigh have wrapped up their fourth close-season signing, striking a deal for pacy left winger Dale Binns from Woking.

The Spitfires’ interest in the 31-year-old first came to light at the beginning of May when they announced his ‘move’ on the club website only to quickly withdraw it after the player had slammed them for jumping the gun while he was still under contract with Woking.

But that contract has now expired and Binns was released by the Cards after helping them to a Blue Square Bet South/Surrey Senior Cup double.

The London-born former Spurs youngster spent seven seasons with Hendon and moved on to Cambridge City and Stevenage Borough before becoming part of Lewes’s Conference South-winning side of 2007/08.

After spells with Maidenhead and Hayes & Yeading, he was reunited with his old Lewes boss Steve King at Farnborough, who finished Conference South runners-up and beaten play-off finalists in 2009/10.

Binns was named in the BSB South ‘Team of the Year’ as voted for by managers that season and fits the “been there, seen it, done it” profile that Eastleigh boss Ian Baird is looking for to deliver promotion.

He joins striker Marvin Williams (Salisbury City), defender Osei Sankofa (Boreham Wood) and midfielder Glen Southam (Dover Athletic) on the Spitfires’ list of summer arrivals.

And, if all goes to plan, signing number five will be on his way in the next 48 hours with Baird chasing a 22-year-old midfielder from a Conference National club.

Welcoming Binns to the Silverlake, Baird quipped: “He’s not one for the future, but he’s as fit as a butcher’s dog, has won the Conference South twice and played in the Conference National.

“There’s been some criticism from so-called ‘experts’ saying that we’re signing older players, but Sankofa and Williams are both 24, Southam and Binns are 31 and we’re looking at bringing in a 22-year-old who really is one for the future.

“We’re trying to get a mixture of young and old, but the biggest thing is to get players with the right profile and the right mentality to get us promoted.”

Eastleigh, meanwhile, have agreed a deal with experienced striker Lee Peacock and are due to speak to midfielder Phil Appiah this week.

Negotiations with 19-year-old ex-Saints goalkeeper Jack Dovey have broken down, but Gareth Barfoot has re-signed and Baird, pictured right, is currently talking to two other ’keepers who are “desperate to join us”.

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10:31am Tue 29 May 12

bwilso says...

I think the criticism that has been levelled at the Binns signing might be that a 31 year old winger might not have the legs to get up and down the pitch like he used to?? A manager will be judged by his decisions but fans are also entitled to their opinions, something maybe Bairdy doesn't particularly like but surely goes with the job?
I think the criticism that has been levelled at the Binns signing might be that a 31 year old winger might not have the legs to get up and down the pitch like he used to?? A manager will be judged by his decisions but fans are also entitled to their opinions, something maybe Bairdy doesn't particularly like but surely goes with the job? bwilso
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12:28pm Tue 29 May 12

Heathrowboy says...

the only one criticising this signing on efc forum seems to be you!
wonder if thats because it puts your own son farther down the pecking order?
the only one criticising this signing on efc forum seems to be you! wonder if thats because it puts your own son farther down the pecking order? Heathrowboy
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3:00pm Tue 29 May 12

allmove4ward2geva says...

#Awkward
#Awkward allmove4ward2geva
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10:59pm Tue 29 May 12

Bluenose65 says...

I am delighted for Eastleigh they really are going to go up I think it's so exciting for the supporters and as the season gathers momentum the area will embrace the success i wish them all the success for the future and look forward to visiting the silverlake when I can next year
I am delighted for Eastleigh they really are going to go up I think it's so exciting for the supporters and as the season gathers momentum the area will embrace the success i wish them all the success for the future and look forward to visiting the silverlake when I can next year Bluenose65
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10:59pm Tue 29 May 12

Bluenose65 says...

I am delighted for Eastleigh they really are going to go up I think it's so exciting for the supporters and as the season gathers momentum the area will embrace the success i wish them all the success for the future and look forward to visiting the silverlake when I can next year
I am delighted for Eastleigh they really are going to go up I think it's so exciting for the supporters and as the season gathers momentum the area will embrace the success i wish them all the success for the future and look forward to visiting the silverlake when I can next year Bluenose65
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