TERRAS’ fans are bracing themselves for what could be an exciting season at the club, with real optimism surrounding the Bob Lucas Stadium at present.

The Weymouth faithful have been treated to a number of summer signings and strong performances in pre-season, not to mention their own contribution to the re-capture of favourite Chris McPhee.

The vastly experienced midfielder, now a player-coach at the club, had his move back to Weymouth funded by the fans via Ian White’s Wessex Fantasy Football game.

Delighted with the signing and the overall state of the club in general, chairman of the Weymouth Supporters Association, Ade MacDonald told Echosport: “I would genuinely say that this season the club are putting things together.

“Jason (Matthews) is putting things together, we are sticking to budgets on and off the pitch, and fans can see from the players we are signing that we are in for a great season.

“Chris McPhee coming back is a tremendous capture and the most notable thing about it is that it’s purely funded by supporters through Ian’s Fantasy Football.

“What I would say is that genuinely on and off the pitch things are being done properly. The current board have worked so hard and everyone has worked together.

“It has taken a couple of seasons and this year it’s right.”

MacDonald also expressed his admiration on behalf of the Supporters Association for Terras’ boss Matthews, who took over the hot seat back in December and is now set to embark on his first full season at the helm.

“Jason took over in tough circumstances but from the second he did, and when he came into the boardroom, there was such a positive vibe you got from him. It was like a breath of fresh air,” MacDonald added.

“He is not just good with the playing side, he helps with the commercial aspects of the club and with the Supporters Association, and it’s brilliant.”

Looking ahead to the season itself, MacDonald remained coy over the Terras’ chances of promotion, and was determined not to get ahead of himself.

“It would be easy to get carried away,” he said.

“As Weymouth fans we all know better than that, but we are starting the season off on the right foot.”

MacDonald was also keen to promote the planned events of the Supporters Association throughout the coming year.

He added: “Through the course of this season we are planning another legends’ evening and an end-of-season presentation night.

“We will be increasing our events as well with a sponsored walk coming up which will help fund the club’s first-aid cover for the year, as well as race nights and Christmas parties.”