Eastleigh sign Darius Henderson

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Eastleigh have signed former Premier League striker Darius Henderson on a free transfer from League 2 side Mansfield Town.

Darius was born in 1981 and started his footballing career at Doncaster Rovers. He was then signed professionally by Reading, where he scored his first league goal against Luton Town. He then moved to Brighton and Hove Albion in July 2003 (App: 10, Gls: 2), before being sold to Gillingham (App: 36, Gls: 9) in January 2004.

He then spent time at Swindon Town (App:6, Gls: 5), before joining Championship side Watford for £450,000. Whilst playing for the Hornets, he scored 14 goals in 27 games. One of these was a penalty in the 2006 Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, beating Leeds United 3-0. The following season, he played regularly for Watford in the Premier League, scoring three times against West Ham, Wigan and Tottenham. They were, however, relegated back to the Championship that season. The following campaign, he scored 13 times and picked up the Championship Player of the Month in September.

Then, in July 2008, Darius joined Championship side Sheffield United for a fee of around £2 million. He went onto make 78 appearances for the Blades, netting 20 goals.

In June 2011, he joined Millwall. He scored 26 goals in 50 appearances for the Lions, including 3 hat-tricks in one week against Leicester City, Dagenham and Redbridge (FA Cup) and Barnsley.

He then joined Nottingham Forest (App: 49, Gls: 11) in 2013, before going onto join Leyton Orient (App: 28, Gls: 8), Scunthorpe United (App: 16, Gls: 0), Coventry City (App: 5, Gls: 0).

In August 2016, he joined Mansfield Town, scoring 1 goal in 13 appearances. Darius then joined the Spitfires on a free transfer.

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