Earlier this month, Eastleigh signed 28 year-old Reda Johnson on a contract until the end of the season.
The powerfully-built 28-year-old, who can play at left-back or as a left-sided centre-half, was released by Coventry in May having struggled with injury at the beginning of last season.
Born in Marseille to an Algerian mother and Beninese American father, Johnson began his career as a professional footballer in 2005 with French sides FC Gueugnon and Amiens before in 2009 launching a career in England with Plymouth Argyle. Reda made 42 appearances for Argyle, scoring twice.
He then continued his career in England, joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2011. Reda made 75 appearances in his 3 year stay in Sheffield, scoring 18 times. Whilst playing for Wednesday, Johnson was crowned PFA Player in the Community. He was heavily involved in the community side of the club, and in 2013, he donated £5000 to a school serving children with special needs. When he collected his award, Reda said this:
“I think (helping the community) is very important. It is part of the job. We play football, we are very happy, football gives us a lot and we have a chance to do a sport we enjoy.
“Sometimes you have to think about other people and try to help people who need it. Sometimes it is not only about money, it is just a smile, you go to see people and try to make their lives a bit easier.
“I love it. It’s like when fans ask me for pictures or autographs, some people are shy but I don’t think they have to be shy. We are paid for that. It is not only 90 minutes on a Saturday, it is a full week and we are well paid to do that.”
Later on in 2014, Johnson joined Coventry City. Reda scored twice on his debut for them, in a 3-2 defeat to Bradford City. In total, he made 32 appearances and scored 7 goals for the Sky Blues.
In 2016, Reda joined Eastleigh, after being released by Coventry City at the end of the 2015/16 season.