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Hill indicates returning Flitney's role

Richard Hill has indicated that Ross Flitney's main responsibility on his return to Eastleigh will be that of goalkeeping coach.

Flitney who won the Conference South with Eastleigh in 2013/14 comes with the added benefit of providing competition for the number one jersey.

Hill said: “Ross will be registered as a player but don’t forget that Ben Strevens (coach) and Paul Reid (head of recruitment) are also registered players, but it’s not the case that they’re going to play that many games.

“I’m not saying Ross won’t, but I’ve always said that he will be a good goalkeeper coach.

“Forget his age, experience and everything else, I told him when he was here before that he should think about doing his badges and I said it again when he was with me at Whitehawk.

“Until the last few weeks, Ross hadn’t been that interested, but I spoke to him again and told him this would be a nice opportunity for him.

“I’ve seen him put on some very good coaching sessions and it’s a chance now for him to start the next part of his career.

“If you’ve got a 'keeper like Ross around, it would be ludicrous not to register him as a player.

“I don’t think Mark Childs will be ready for the start of the season and, if anything happens to Stack, we’ve got a goalkeeper more than capable of stepping in.

“Ross is conscientious, hard-working and he’s not going to throw his dummy out of the pushchair if he gets upset.”

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