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Read arrives on loan from Spitfires

8 months ago By Josh Miller

Alex Pike has strengthened his defensive options with Harvey Read joining on a months loan from Eastleigh.

Centre-back Harvey Read has joined from Eastleigh on a months loan.

The former Saints and Stoke City defender signed for Eastleigh in the summer after being released from The Potters.

The 19-year-old centre-back had been on trial with The Spitfires over the course of pre-season and impressed manager Richard Hill.

Read, who hails from Lyndhurst, joined Stoke’s scholarship programme as an under-16 having previously spent time with Southampton.

He progressed to The Potters’ under-18 and under-23 sides and played his part in getting Stoke to the semi-finals of the last season's FA Youth Cup.

Described in the Stoke media as a “no-nonsense centre-back who enjoys a good contest,” Read was released at the end of last season after three years in The Potteries.

Harvey has been involved in the Eastleigh squad all season apart from a months loan to Hungerford Town of the Conference South.
We would like to thank Eastleigh for their assistance and speed to get this signing over the line today.

Harvey will go straight into tomorrow's squad to face Merthyr Townl at Privett Park.

Updated 23:09 - 9 Feb 2018 by Site Manager

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