Eastleigh have announced the return of defender Paul Reid and striker Matt Tubbs to the Silverlake Stadium.

On completing the signatures of both players until the end of the season, manager Richard Hill said: “Reidy contacted me just talking about the current state at the club and said if there was anything he could do to help he would be more than pleased to do so. Having been looking in the market for players I had no hesitation in offering him a contract until the end of the season as I know he cares about this Football Club and will do whatever he can to change our current run of form.”

Reid has signed from Whitehawk where he has also had a spell in the managerial role this season as well as his normal central defensive duties.

The much-travelled 35-year-old started out at Carlisle United before having spells with the likes of Glasgow Rangers, Barnsley, Colchester, Scunthorpe and Northampton before his first time at the Silverlake in July 2014.

Hill added: “I appreciate Matt Tubbs was not the most popular player with supporters when he was here last season, but even though I was not connected with the club, I heard supposed figures and it was evident that Tubbs was being judged, arriving at the club with a big weight on his shoulders, and by his own admission he did not fulfil expectations.

“It was Tubbs who contacted Craig McAllister whom were team-mates until the last couple of weeks at Sutton United, again offering any help he could and again has signed until the end of the season as he said he has unfinished business at the club.”

Tubbs joined the U`s from Forest Green Rovers in December.

He had joined Rovers from Portsmouth on a one-year deal in July 2016, making nine league appearances before joining Woking on loan in September.

The 32-year-old scored 3 goals in six games for the Cards, before playing two more games for Forest Green.

His earlier was spent with AFC Bournemouth, from where he had numerous loans.

Source: www.footballconference.co.uk

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