Jamie Turley: Eastleigh sign ex-Forest Green defender

Jamie Turley
Turley had been set to join Bristol Rovers before moving to Eastleigh

Conference side Eastleigh have signed defender Jamie Turley and have also announced Matt Fry has left the club.

Turley, 24, began his career at Wycombe but failed to make a senior appearance before spells in non-league with Salisbury City and Forest Green Rovers.

The defender also captained England C to the semi-finals of the International Challenge Trophy in 2013.

He had been training with Bristol Rovers since August and looked set to sign for Eastleigh's Conference rivals.

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke said he was left disappointed by Turley's U-turn.

"We gave Jamie an opportunity to train with us to rebuild his fitness, with a view to him signing a contract," Clarke told his club's website.external-link "The offer of a contract was subject to a satisfactory medical examination.

"However, our medical team were concerned about the nature of the injury to his arm and we were awaiting further tests before completing the signing.

"Jamie, however, has exercised his right to join another club, which is very disappointing."