PROBLEMS on the left side of defence forced Jason Tindall into an 11th-hour signing last Friday, but it was anything but panic buying as the Weymouth player-manager knew exactly what he was getting.

Tindall contacted Jamaican international Narada Bern-ard, a left back he played with at Bournemouth, and the 26-year-old filled the void of Abdou El Kholti's departure and Trevor Challis' injury in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Northwich Victoria.

Bernard, who played one match for the Reggae Boys in 2004, started his career with Tottenham Hotspur before moving to North London rivals Arsenal, where he played alongside England and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

He joined the Cherries on a free transfer in 2000 and spent an injury-interrupted three years at Dean Court, playing in 38 first team games.

Bernard has led a nomadic existence ever since following spells at Woking, Torquay United, Welling United, Farnborough Town, Dover Athletic, Yeading, Hemel Hempstead Town, Fisher Athletic and Rushden & Diamonds, but is pleased with his latest stop at the Wessex Stadium and only too happy to help Tindall out.

"When this opportunity came, Jason said we are struggling for a left back," he said. "Obviously with it being Jason there was no hesitation in going straight away.

"To have Jason as manager is brilliant because I have known him for several years and to have a manager that knows what you are about gives you confidence."

Tindall had no hesitation in thrusting Bernard into the starting line-up, rather than playing a more established Terra out of position.

Bernard added: "That was good of him to start me. But he knows what I can do as he has played with me before."

Bernard performed well in against Northwich and enjoyed playing at the Wessex Stadium.

"I need to get a bit more fitness and start performing. I was happy with my performance and it was good to be out there.

"I was disappointed we didn't win, obviously. Other than that I enjoyed playing. It was tremendous."

Bernard is still to negotiate a permanent deal with Tindall, but a few more solid performances could see one forthcoming.

"I did alright, there is more to come. I hope I did myself justice and I keep in the team."

He left Rushden after due to a lack of opportunities.

"I was only at Rushden for a few weeks. I had gone there looking to sign but they have got a few players there. They have got quite a big squad and at my age I don't want to be going to a club and never be playing."

As for the off-field events which have cast doubt over the future of the Terras, Bernard said: "That is none of my business really because I am a newcomer.

"All I am concerned about is performing for Jason and showing that I am committed to giving 100 per cent."

Tributes has been paid to supporters' club stalwart Dot Willsher, who has died aged 81.