5:00am Monday 26th May 2014
By Dan Rose
AMBITIOUS winger Lewis Blackmore is aiming to make his mark on the Terras’ squad next season, following his move to the Bob Lucas Stadium last week.
The young winger, a product of the youth academy at AFC Bournemouth, expressed his happiness with his summer switch from Bashley, and is determined to show the Terras’ what he can offer.
The former Wales Under-16 international told Echosport: “I did have offers from elsewhere to come in and train at the start of pre-season but because of my age and the platform that I could potentially play at this season, Weymouth was the move that I wanted to go for.
“When they approached me I was more than happy to see what I could get out of the club and we both agreed to it, it just seemed that moving forward, it would be the best thing for me to do.
“They have signed me because they think I am good enough to be in their team, which I am very grateful about and at the same time, I’m 19, I want to play at the highest level I can.
“I have always known that Weymouth have been a good pedigree club in that league, they have a great fan base and it is just something that you always want to be a part of. The club itself has a big history and it wants to get back to where it was, and I would like to be a part of that.”
And in agreeing terms with the Terras, Blackmore is keen to nail down a starting spot on the wing for the upcoming campaign.
“I went down and had a training session, that went quite well and we spoke from there,” he added.
“Personally, I need to be efficient in the position I am playing in, I need to speak to the manager and have a focus on how many goals I need to get and how I can have an impact on the league.
“We need to see how many starts I can get too because this is a bigger club and they have prestigious players in the league, but I need to try and get a spot myself and be a valuable member of the team.”
Before the youngster signed his deal with Weymouth, Blackmore took a slightly different approach to finding a club.
He showcased his skills online by putting a short clip of his highlights on YouTube.
He said: “With the modern day now it’s all about social networking and what you can do.
“I managed to know someone that could arrange to get a video put up with highlights of me, off my own back I got it out there to see what would happen really.”
Meanwhile, the club held its Extraordinary General Meeting to inform shareholders the latest information about the club’s proposed ground relocation.
Shareholders voted in favour for the club’s board to continue talks with Wessex Delivery LLP and Morgan Sindall over the proposed move with 99.6 per cent of the vote in favour of the decision.
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