Brian Stock rejected League clubs for Havant and Waterlooville

Brian Stock
Stock began his career as a trainee at Bournemouth, making 172 appearances

Former Wales midfielder Brian Stock has said he turned down offers from the Football League to sign for Conference South Havant and Waterlooville.

Stock, who left Premier League Burnley this summer, won three Wales caps and began his career at Bournemouth.

"I took the family into consideration. I had a few options of League football still but I'm local lad," the 32-year-old told BBC Radio Solent.

"I'm from Bournemouth and it was a chance to move everyone home."

Stock, who joined Burnley in 2012, added: "I spoke to the manager Lee Bradbury and that enticed me to want to sign."

The former Preston and Doncaster man made his debut for the Hawks on Saturday as they beat Farnborough 5-0, and said he has been impressed by the club.

"It's only part-time but gives me a chance to move forward," he added.

"I'm setting up a couple of businesses down here and it suits the way I want to live.

"If you look at the talent of the squad and the management it is run like a professional club. If it wasn't, I would have had second thoughts. I'm delighted to sign."

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