Andy Woodman last night pulled off two more signings – after seeing defender Paul Reid quit Whitehawk.

Reid returned to Eastleigh shortly after making a long-awaited playing comeback for Hawks in their 1-0 win over Welling.

Woodman, who succeeded him as manager, says he is disappointed by the manner of his departure.

But he last night brought in former Fulham and Charlton defender Elliot Omozusi as well as ex-QPR forward Hogan Ephraim.

Omozusi’s arrival is timely with Ramon Marimon starting a three-game ban for his dismissal against Hemel Hempstead nine days ago.

Woodman hopes Ephraim can help Hawks take a few more of the chances they have been creating.

He said: “Both players have been brilliant about coming and will be here to help us until the end of the season.

“They have very good pedigree and are both still in their 20s but it is a different type of football for them to get used to.

“I know Elliot from Charlton. He can play right-back or centre-back.

“Hogan has been at West Ham, QPR, Toronto. He went for about £1 million once. He can play wide, as a No.10 or as a main forward. He is a really good player.”

Ephraim, a 28-year-old Londoner, was most recently with Wycombe but played the bulk of his league football at QPR, much of it as a winger. He had a 63 league starts – including two in the Premier League – plus 32 games off the bench, scoring four goals.

QPR paid an undisclosed fee widely reported as an initial £800,000 to West Ham for his services in 2008 and he also appeared for Leeds, Charlton and Bristol City before venturing into MLS.

Omozusi, 28, played 120 league games for Leyton Orient, was with Norwich early in his career and most recently played for Cambridge United.

A defensive berth alongside Chris M’Boungou and Dan Harding in a back three looks to be his next assignment after Reid dropped the bombshell of his return to Eastleigh, where he joins up again with boss Richard Hill.

Woodman said: “One thing that disappointed me was that the owners of this club stuck by him I’m disappointed for the owners. They showed a high level of loyalty to him.”

Woodman will stick with a formation which allows Josh Passley and Alex Osborn to operate as wing-backs.

He said: “I think the system works well and the key for me is that it allows Alex and Josh to get out and be as good as wingers.

“We have worked hard to get Josh fit, he has worked hard himself, and he is a very good footballer.”

The manager was happy with how his side defended and created chances as they beat Welling thanks to Frankie Sutherland’s fine free-kick late on.

He said: “I thought we should have won by more. We are creating chances, which is quite nice, and we are not giving too many chances away at the back.

“The result was something to build on. Now consistency is key.”

Marimon also misses next Saturday’s home game with Bishops Stortford and the following Wednesday’s visit from Hampton and Richmond.