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TERRAS: Development the aim for reserve team boss Jake Richmond
PLAYER development is once again the main focus at Weymouth Reserves this season along with a top-half finish.
Manager Jake Richmond, above, is determined to keep the Terras pushing on in his third season at the club but is also mindful of not piling too much pressure on what is a very young squad.
Outlining his aspirations for this year’s Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League campaign, he told Echosport: “I sat down with the lads we had at the end of last season and told them that with a few additions we could push top three because at the end of the day I am ambitious.
“We finished 12th in my first season and sixth last season and I really want us to push on again, but in fairness we have lost some key players over the summer that helped knit the youngsters together.
“Luke Winsper has been with the first team throughout pre-season, Matt Morley has gone to Bridport and we have also lost the likes of Ben Doidge and Matt Camp.
“When I look at that, I think a mid-table finish is a realistic target this year but there is also no reason why we cannot do better.
“Even though the squad is even younger now, we have got a good crop of players and as long as they keep learning and progressing I will be happy.”
Richmond also believes that several of his players have the potential to push into the first-team squad in the future if they show the right levels of commitment.
He added: “All of the lads will be given the opportunity to learn and impress, and it will be up to them to make the most of it.
“Luke has made some sort of breakthrough this year by being involved in a lot of the pre-season friendlies with the first team and at the end of the day that sort of progression is what I should be judged on.
“With there being no under-18s side at Weymouth at present, we are really a reserve/youth team that is blooding 16 and 17-year-olds in the DPL that have to learn very quickly. As a result you soon get to see who is up for it or not and it also provides them with great experience of men’s football.
“Luke has come through that and is now pushing on and hopefully a few others can do the same over the next couple of years.
“We have just signed Jordan Tewkesbury from Dorchester Town and we have big aspirations for him, and there are others too like Jack Brown and Luke Chatterton who also have potential.
“All I ask of them is that they give it their best shot over the next couple of years and see where it takes them.”
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