Eastleigh ’s summer signings were due to reach double figures last night with the return of left-back Adam Everitt from fellow Blue Square Bet South club Staines Town.

Manager Ian Baird tried to bring the 30-year-old back to the Silverlake Stadium last September, but finances were tight at the time and Everitt was out of their price range.

But, with Bridle Insurance now pouring money into the club in pursuit of Conference National football, Baird is in a stronger position to provide competition for Michael Green.

Everitt’s last spell at the Silverlake in 2007/08 was not a great success but, according to Baird, that was chiefly because he wasn’t particularly popular with his teammates.

“Some of the players I inherited at Eastleigh didn’t like him because he’s quite open and honest and speaks his mind,” said Baird.

“But I wanted to bring him back because he brings us an ingredient we’re a bit short of. We need someone who’s nasty – in the right way – and vocal.


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