The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

FOR­MER Eastleigh cap­tain Joe Part­ing­ton says it came as a shock when Bris­tol Rovers de­cided to sign him for an undis­closed fee.

The Na­tional League side re­ceived a club-record fee for the 26-year-old de­fender, who is a for­mer Wales Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional.

Part­ing­ton joined the Spit­fires, ini­tially on loan, from Bournemouth in Jan­uary 2015, and Rovers have ac­ti­vated a re­lease clause in his Eastleigh con­tract to trig­ger the move.

“I didn’t re­ally an­tic­i­pate this was go­ing to hap­pen, but now that it has I’m re­ally pleased about it and can’t wait to get go­ing,” he said.

“It’s a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for me to play at a level where I believe I can play. Hope­fully I can con­trib­ute in some way.”

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