Eastleigh have mutually agreed to terminate the contract of 20-year-old James Granger to enable the midfielder to seek more regular first-team opportunities.

Having been restricted to just one substitute appearance in the National League and one Buildbase FA Trophy appearance this season, it was felt in the best interests of the player for him to be allowed to seek opportunities elsewhere to progress his career.

Meanwhile, centre-back Connor Essam has taken the option of a return closer to his home with a loan arrangement to join league rivals Dover Athletic until the end of the season.

Essam, 24, who captained Dover during his first spell at Crabble during the 2014/15 campaign, signed for the Spitfires last summer having joined them from Leyton Orient.

He played forty-two games for Whites prior to joining Orient in July 2015 where he made twenty-six appearances in League Two before re-joining Dover on loan in March last season.

He went on to make nine appearances for boss Chris Kinnear’s men

Essam previously had spells at Dartford, Crawley and Luton, having started his career as a trainee at Gillingham.
Source: www.footballconference.co.uk

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