Eastleigh: Sam Matthews and Ben Close join National League club on loan

Sam Matthews
Sam Matthews has had loan spells at Poole Town and Braintree Town

National League side Eastleigh have signed midfielders Sam Matthews and Ben Close on loan from Bournemouth and Portsmouth until the end of the season.

Matthews, 19, is yet to play a senior competitive game for the Cherries while Close, 20, has played only four times for Pompey this season.

The club has also confirmed that defender Reda Johnson, 28, has signed a new deal for the next three seasons.

But defender Bondz N'Gala, 27, has left the club by mutual consent.

Benin international Johnson joined in August and has scored three goals in 15 league appearances for Eastleigh.

The Spitfires are 13th in the National League table, 11 points off the play-off places.

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