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Spring`s In At Hitchin

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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division promotion-chasers Hitchin Town signed former Luton Town favourite Matthew Spring on dual registration with Vanarama National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town.

And the veteran 37-year-old started his Canaries` spell off well, scoring in Monday night`s 2-1 win over struggling Cirencester Town at Top Field.

Spring started his career at Luton, making his debut in September 1997 and in the 1998/99 season established himself as a first-team regular.

In total he made 289 appearances for the Hatters, scoring 30 goals.

In 2004, he was signed by then Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell on a Bosman transfer, but with a combination of injuries and personal problems restricting him to just fifteen appearances and one goal.

In 2005/06 Watford brought the midfielder to Vicarage Road and he scored on his debut.

But his chances were limited in Watford’s Premiership campaign, making only two starts all season, and in January 2007 Luton re-signed him.

In July 2008, Spring joined Sheffield United on a year loan, signalling the end of a disappointing second stint with the Hatters.

The loan deal with the Blades was cut short and he was released at the start of January, when he joined Charlton Athletic on an eighteen-month contract.

Spells at Leyton Orient and Wycombe Wanderers followed, before he signed for ambitious Southern League Premier Division side St Neots Town in August 2014.

After a re-shuffle of the coaching staff early in the 2014/15 season, he was appointed player/joint assistant-manager.

Despite playing an important role in the Saints side that made the Southern Premier Division play-off final, he was one of several players released by the club in 2015 and he moved to Vauxhall Road.

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