Jai: My Reason for leaving Braintree

Echo: Jai Reason - has left the Iron to play in his preferred central  midfield position Jai Reason - has left the Iron to play in his preferred central midfield position

JAI Reason says the main reason he has left Braintree Town to join Eastleigh in the division below is to play in his preferred central midfield role.

The 22-year-old, from Benfleet, agreed a two-year-deal with the Conference South side yesterday.

He said he decided his future was no longer at Cressing Road because he had become frustrated at playing on the left wing.

“It was a tough decision because I did not want to leave Braintree,” he said.

“But I did not want to play out of position anymore.

“I want to move back into central midfield and Braintree could not offer me that, but I will be playing there for Eastleigh.”

Reason, a former pupil at King John School, joined Braintree from Crawley Town in September 2010 and helped them win the Conference South title and promotion to the Conference National.

And the former Ipswich academy player, who has also had spells at Thurrock and Cambridge United, laughed off suggestions the move to the Spitfires was a move backwards in his career.

“I think this is a step forwards if anything,” he said.

“The facilities are great here and the club has great backing from the chairman and a very good manager.

“The fans here are great and there is so much potential here. It reminds me of what it was like at Crawley.”

Reason also shrugged off suggestions the move had been motivating money, explaining: “It’s not finically motivated at all. I mean we’re in the non-league. The deal I have here is not much different from what I had a Braintree.

“I have my own coaching centre which does just fine, so I did not need to move for money.

“What I want to do is get back in the football league and to be playing full-time football, and I am confident I can do those things with Eastleigh.”

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