There were three more new faces at The Enclosed Ground on Friday as boss Richard Hill made Dan Harding, Paul Reid and Glen Southam the latest additions to The Hawks’ squad.
Defender Harding, 32, joins after leaving Eastleigh last Summer, where he was signed by Hill. Dan started his career with Brighton and Hove Albion, making 67 appearances for The Seagulls, helping them get promoted to the Championship in the process, before signing for Leeds United on a free transfer in Summer 2005. He only lasted one season with The Whites and the next season he signed for Ipswich Town as part of a part exchange deal. Dan had a three year stay with the Suffolk club, making 73 appearances. After his release in 2009, he signed for Southampton, becoming the first signing for the then new Saints boss Alan Pardew. Dan had a successful time at the St Mary’s Stadium, making 98 appearances and winning the Football League Trophy, along with back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League. Shortly after The Saints’ promotion, Dan was sold to Nottingham Forest where he made 54 appearances, before a loan spell in 2015 with Millwall, appearing 20 times for The Lions, but he was unsuccessful in helping them avoid relegation to League One. Dan then joined Eastleigh, where last season he featured 21 times.
Defender Reid, 34, joins The Hawks after leaving Eastleigh, where again he was signed by Richard Hill. Paul is a very experienced player having played for Barnsley (114 appearances in 4 years), Colchester United (56 appearances in 3 years), Scunthorpe United (74 appearances in 2 years) and most recently Eastleigh where he featured 34 times for The Spitfires.
Midfielder Southam, 36, joins after leaving relegated Basingstoke Town last season. Glen has a large amount of experience at non-league level, featuring in total 137 times for fellow National League South side Bishop’s Stortford, scoring 27 goals, before earning himself a move to Dagenham and Redbridge, making 201 appearances and scoring 25 goals in a 5 year period, helping The Daggers win promotion to the Football League. Glen has also played for sides including Barnet, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh and Sutton United.
We would all like to welcome Dan, Paul and Glen to the club.