GOALKEEPER Ryan Clarke and striker Darius Henderson have today left National League outfit Eastleigh by mutual consent.

Henderson had barely featured for the Spitfires since signing from Mansfield Town in early January during Martin Allen's ill-fated reign as manager.

The 35-year-old started just two games before disappearing off the scene with painful neck spasms.

When Clarke arrived from AFC Wimbledon last September during Ronnie Moore’s time at the helm, it signalled the end of the road for popular Spitfires No1 Ross Flitney.

Now Clarke in turn has been let go, having lost his place to ex-Barnet stopper Graham Stack who was brought in by former Bees boss Allen at the turn of the year.

Clarke, who turns 35 this month, had signed a deal until the end of the 2017/18 campaign, whereas 35-year-old Stack – named Eastleigh man-of-the-match against Lincoln on Saturday – has another two seasons to run on his contract.

Asked on Saturday if he wanted to stay at the Silverlake, West London-based Stack – one of Allen’s Conference champions at Barnet - said: “Of course I do. There’s no reason not to.

“Martin signed me for my goalkeeping ability, not because I’m his mate.

“You don’t sign friends at this level, you sign players who are going to win the league.”

A brief statement released by the Spitfires regarding the double departure said: “Eastleigh FC can today confirm goalkeeper Ryan Clarke and striker Darius Henderson have left by mutual consent.

“We would like to thank both players for their efforts whilst at Eastleigh and wish them well for the future.”