When Scott Wilson picked up the Vanarama National League player-of-the-month award for September, it was inevitable some Eastleigh fans were asking: “Why on earth did we let him go?”

The answer, as the Spitfires prepare to face their former marksman at high-riding Macclesfield Town on Saturday, is that they didn’t. It was Wilson’s own decision to leave Stoneham Lane.

Richard Hill – Wilson’s fourth manager of a turbulent 2016/17 season at the Silverlake – had a meeting set up with the 24-year-old prior to drawing up his May retained list.

But Wilson, who had joined the Spitfires on a one-year contact from Weston-super-Mare the previous summer, sent a message through player-coach Ben Strevens that he wouldn’t be attending.

“Who knows if Scott Wilson would still have been an Eastleigh player if he’d turned up to that meeting. Only I know the answer to that,” said Hill.

“But he decided not to meet me – and I’m not having a go at him for that. It was his choice to leave the club, no one else’s. It was his right.

“Once a player is 24, freedom of contract means they can sign for whoever they want.”

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