KICKING OFF: Development is focus for young Terras

RESERVE SQUAD: Weymouth Reserves

RESERVE SQUAD: Weymouth Reserves

First published in Football Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

YOUTH development will once again be the main focus at Weymouth Reserves this season according to joint-manager Jake Richmond.

The Terras are aiming for a top-half finish in the Magna Dorset Premier League but producing players capable of pushing into the first team remains the number one priority.

Richmond, whose side travel to Holt United tomorrow (3pm), told Echosport: “Sanchez-Baker is back playing for us after being sidelined for 18 months through injury and he will no doubt give us that physical presence up top – something we missed for much of last season.

“Andy Hind has also joined us after returning from Canada and we have also brought in Liam Greatrex and Ashley Batchelor from Portland United as well as Louis Smith, Lewis Cartwright and Jack Brown from Chickerell United.

“With Jamie Frampton and Eddy Mitchell also with us until the end of September before they return to university, things are looking good.”

Going on to comment on the players that have departed the club this summer, Richmond added: “Adam Skelton, Rob Maxted and Danny Moore have all left and more recently we also lost Jordan Vincent.

“Jordan has decided to go to Portland to play alongside his mates and although I am gutted he has gone, it is probably for the best because our focus is on players that want to try and push for the first team.

“That is what reserve sides are about and that is why we will continue concentrating on the youngsters and giving them the experience they need in order to progress.

“We have set our sights on finishing in the top 10 and will be disappointed if we don’t achieve that with the squad we have put together but as always our key objective is player development and that will not change.”

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