STRIKER Craig McAllister last night signed for Gosport Borough after parting company with Eastleigh by mutual consent.

The 37-year-old joins the Evo-Stik Premier strugglers as player-coach, working alongside reinstalled Borough boss Alex Pike.

It brings to an end McAllister's fourth spell at Eastleigh whom he rejoined from Sutton United in February this year.

The Bitterne Park-based hitman returned to help the Spitfires in their hour of need when they were struggling under Martin Allen's reign last season.

Following Allen's departure he played a significant part, both on and off the pitch, in helping returning boss Richard Hill keep the club afloat in the National League.

The well-travelled hitman has a wealth of experience to offer Gosport, having played for the likes of Basingstoke, Exeter City, Woking, Crawley Town and Newport County during a long career that had started with Eastleigh youth and the old Pirelli General.

Hill, now Eastleigh's director of football, said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Craig for his hard work and commitment over my two spells with the club, and wish him the best of luck with any of his future endeavours on and off the football pitch.”