NATHAN Walker believes he is out to “prove people wrong” after agreeing a 12-month deal with Dorchester Town last weekend.
The defender, who was left out of the Weymouth starting XI midway through last season, is delighted with his move back to the Avenue, claiming his main aim is for Dorchester to finish above the Terras in their first campaign back in the Southern Premier League.
He told Echosport: “It was a really easy decision, I wasn’t going to sign for Weymouth again and I don’t think they wanted me anyway.
“I believe in my own ability and I have got to prove people wrong. Last year I got left out of the Weymouth side because apparently I wasn’t good enough.
“Did I regret going down to Weymouth? Yes, I did, that’s the honest answer.
“I went back to Dorchester and played in the Conference South.
“I know we were bottom of the league but my performances proved that I’m not a bad defender, so I will have a good go to try and prove myself in the league next season.
“My main aim next year is to finish above Weymouth, if we finish above Weymouth we have had a good season.
“You want rivalry between the clubs. I didn’t enjoy my stay down there so I want to finish higher than them now to prove to them that they shouldn’t have let me go.”
Walker believes he will be much happier on his permanent return to the Avenue. He added: “Dorchester is a friendly club both on and off the pitch really, it’s a community club and they all pull together.
“I said I would speak to Phil (Simkin) once my contract with Weymouth was up. I have spoken to him regularly since then and as soon as he offered me my deal I was happy, and I have a lot of friends at Dorchester which is the main thing.
“I know I am going to enjoy my football there and hopefully we can have a good season.”
And as well as wanting to prove the doubters at his former club wrong, the defender is also determined to give the county town fans much more to cheer next term after last season’s Skrill South struggles.
“From a player’s point of view, it was very tough,” he said.
“I have never defended as much in three months than I have done in a whole season, so we just want to put it right and give the fans something to cheer about.
“Until we see the team in pre-season it’s hard to tell where we will finish.
“I know Phil is talking to a few other players that look promising, so if those players get on board there is no reason why we can’t be up there.
“We certainly won’t be going down again, that’s the main thing.”
Walker is the second player to move to Dorchester from Weymouth this summer, with striker Ben Joyce also joining the Avenue outfit.