Is the Football league ready for Eastleigh? Better yet is Eastleigh ready for the Football League?
With just two places available in League Two, promotion from the Vanarama National League is one of the toughest asks for any team in English football.
Eastleigh have an excellent opportunity of doing just that, after their 2-0 win over Maidenhead United on Easter Monday to reach the play-offs.
This is the first time the Spitfires have finished in a play-off position since 2015 and give themselves an excellent chance to make an appearance in the English Football League for the first time in their history.
Manager Ben Strevens was delighted with the result: “To reach the playoffs is amazing, from where we’ve been in the last couple of years it’s a real great achievement”.
Though Eastleigh still need to make their way through the play-offs in order to gain promotion to League Two, the club will have half an eye on preparing the club for the next step up.
With the club already at a professional club status which is a requirement for league Two, the transition may be slightly easier for the club.
The quality of the Silverlake Stadium also helps, with their capacity and seating within the requirements by the EFL, who require the stadium to have at least a capacity of 4,000 with the minimum of 500 seats.
The stadium comes well into those requirements, with 5,192 maximum capacity and 2700 of those having seating.
Like any other season there will be a high turnover of players entering and leaving the side during the summer even if they get promoted or not.
Last season saw ten players joining the club with five of them on loan, meaning that they would likely not be at the club for the next season.
With transfers added on top of stadium, advertising and general club transformation, there could be a long ‘to-do list’ before it all begins again in August.
Though promotion to League Two would be highlighted as the greatest moment for the football club, Strevens is well aware of the difficulties to come.
“We’ve had a small squad at times, some players playing through injury over the course of the season.
“We’ve got to get ready for the challenge in the play offs, I’m greedy and I want to try and win those playoffs”.