After successfully concluding extended negotiations with his opposite number at Havant and Waterlooville, Lee Bradbury, Salisbury manager Steve Claridge has signed goalkeeper Charlie Searle on a season-long loan.

Charlie returns to the Ray Mac after an excellent first spell on loan in the club’s inaugural season when he helped Whites to the Wessex League title and the semi-final of the FA Vase with some outstanding displays.

 Steve wanted 21-year-old Charlie to return last season but there was a hitch with the Hawks wanting him to be available to them for cup games should the need arise. Instead, he had a loan spell at AFC Totton after Christmas.

 This time there is no such barrier to the full-season arrangement and Hawks have agreed that Charlie will be available to Salisbury FC for all cup games.

 “We never wanted Charlie to leave so it is great to welcome him back,” said Steve. “He is a good young goalkeeper available at the right price and we’ll be looking for him to perform as he did for us the season before last.”

Charlie will join up with the Whites squad when they begin pre-season training next Tuesday (June 27th) ahead of the first pre-season match against Portsmouth on Saturday July 1st.

That match will represent the very first game in the tenure of new manager Kenny Jackett as newly promoted Pompey look ahead to a season in Football League Division One.

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