Harris to return

Dorset Echo: FANS’ FAVOURITE: Andy Harris FANS’ FAVOURITE: Andy Harris

MIDFIELDER Andy Harris is on the verge of a sensational return to Blue Square South outfit Weymouth.

The 32 year-old was a huge fans’ favourite at the Wessex Stadium during his first spell when he helped the club reach the Conference in 2005-06 and also scored a memorable equaliser at Nottingham Forest in the first round of the FA Cup.

Unfortunately, a knee operation at the start of the following season then saw the ex-Leyton Orient star struggle to regain his place in the side and eventually seal a move back to Conference South with Eastleigh.

Many supporters were sad to see Harris leave but the popular player continued to maintain strong links with the town and Terras’ boss Matty Hale is over the moon that he has now decided to return.

He said: “Andy has agreed to join and now it is just a case of completing the paperwork.

“He has been at Weymouth before, he is passionate and he has a lot of experience so it is fantastic to have him back on board.

“I actually spoke to him last Friday morning about the possibility of coming back to the club and at first he said he wanted a couple of days to think about it.

“However, he then called me that night and said he is Weymouth through and through, and wants to come back, which I think speaks volumes.”

Hale is also edging closer to sealing deals with several other players.

He added: “Andy is the only one I am able to confirm at the moment but I have been speaking to others over the last few days and we should have a couple of ex-Team Bath players on board in the next 24 to 48 hours.

“We should also have the left-sided player we have been targeting as well.

“As for the other ex-Weymouth player we are after, there has been no further developments on that, so we will just have to see how that goes over the next week or so.”

Meanwhile, the future of Marcus Browning will not be resolved until the 38 year-old returns from holiday.

Hale said: “Marcus went away on holiday for a couple of weeks yesterday but the chairman spoke to him over the weekend and it has been agreed that we will clear up the situation when he returns.”

Browning still has a year left to run on his current contract but it is unclear where his future lies following the appointments of Hale and assistant manager Andy Tillson.

The ex-AFC Bournemouth star finished last season as player-coach under then boss Bobby Gould, who oversaw the final six weeks of the Terras’ ill-fated campaign that ended in relegation from the Blue Square Premier.

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