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MAGPIES: Vickers is up for the cause
ASHLEY Vickers says he is ready, willing and able to help the Dorchester Town cause after making a surprise return to the Avenue.
Vickers, now 41, came off the bench for Phil Simkin’s side in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Shortwood United, almost two years since the Magpies’ former player-manager left the club by mutual consent.
His half an hour against Short-wood was his first taste of competitive football in nearly eight months.
Vickers, whose last job was as boss of Blackfield & Langley, made the move back to the county town following a visit to the Avenue with his business venture Sportfit Short Break Care, which offers sporting activities to children with special needs.
A conversation with Dorchester boss Simkin then led to the ex-Weymouth centre-half rejoining his former club on non-contract terms.
And now he is back, Vickers is determined to do all he can to aid the Magpies’ plight.
“It was lovely to be back on Saturday,” he told Echosport. “I had a lot of friends at the club who stood by me through a tricky time when I was here before.
“Hopefully I can help them out and pass on my knowledge to the youngsters as well.
“Phil is a friend of mine and there are a lot of great people at the club and I just want to try and help if possible.
“I’m ready to play when I’m needed and this has given me the opportunity to enjoy my football again, which wasn’t always the case at Blackfield.”
He continued: “I’ve always kept in touch with Phil and was aware of the situation at the club at the moment.
“He asked me if I’d be prepared to come down and help out on the playing side of things and I was more than happy to do it.
“I’m in the gym every day and am ready to play when needs be – I’m not interested in the money side of things at all.”
Vickers has been keeping abreast of the changes to the club off the pitch but is confident that with some promising youngsters coming through the ranks, the team can start climbing the league table.
“I never thought I would come back to the club on the playing side of things,” he added.
“I wanted some sort of challenge and appreciate the chance I’ve been given – I’m 150 per cent committed to helping the club.”
*Dorchester Town Reserves host Locks Heath in the first round of the Wyvern League Challenge Cup tonight (7.45pm).
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