RONNIE Moore has made his first signing as Eastleigh boss.

The Spitfires have added competition for the goalkeeping gloves by bringing in Ryan Clarke from AFC Wimbledon.

Clarke is a familiar name in this neck of the woods. He played for the old Salisbury City from 2006-2009 having begun his career with home town club Bristol Rovers.

When Salisbury hit financial problems he was loaned out to Northwich Victoria to help reduce the wage bill and he went on to make 267 appearances for Oxford United from 2009-2015.

He was between the sticks for the 2010 Conference play-off victory over York City at Wembley, helping the Us back to the Football League after a four-year absence.

After parting company with Oxford, he spent a year at Northampton Town before switching to AFC Wimbledon in the summer.

Delighted to be joining Eastleigh’s push for Vanarama National League promotion, 34-year-old Clarke said: “The move has come about very quickly but I am very excited about it and can’t wait to get started.

“Knowing what the club are trying to achieve, with the squad that has been put together and the people that are here in charge, it made it an easy decision for me to come.

“I’ve had success at this level before and I’m coming here hoping I can have that again with Eastleigh.”

Welcoming in his first signing, Moore commented: “Ryan is a very experienced goalkeeper, who knows the game.

"He will come for crosses, kicks a great ball, is a good talker. He’s played a lot of games in League football.”

Eastleigh's new 'keeper has signed a contract until the end of the 2017/18  and is available for selection immediately.

His arrival puts pressure on current No1 Ross Flitney ahead of Saturday's (3pm) eagerly awaited home showdown with Paul Doswell's Sutton United.

Clarke's Wimbledon contract was terminated by mutual consent after he had failed to settle with the Dons.

Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley said: “Ryan is a good guy and a family man who wanted to do really well for Wimbledon but he felt, for personal reasons, that his future needed to be at another club.”

Clarke made nine appearances in all competitions for the Londoners.