DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson admitted he was “delighted” to secure the services of utility player Archie Collins on an extended loan until the end of the season.

Collins, 18, has predominantly played in midfield for Dorchester since his arrival from Exeter City but can play wide or up front, giving manager Thompson a range of options.

Speaking to Echosport about the deal, Thompson believed the move would continue to benefit both parties, with Collins having already scored twice this season for the Magpies.

He said: “I’m delighted to have him to the end of the season and I think that’s good news for Dorchester. I just think he’s a very good player, he can play in lots of different positions.

“He was one of our better performers (against Stratford) and he’s progressing. I’m sure it will do his Exeter career the world of good to be playing men’s football.”

Elsewhere, Thompson revealed that Ollie Griggs’ one-month loan to Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division side Brockenhurst, who ply their trade two divisions below the Magpies, had been blocked by league authorities.

He said: “They’re not allowed to sign a contracted player in that league, so that’s been stopped.

“Obviously we’ll have to look at the situation with Ollie and see where we go from there.”

One player who has departed the club is Cameron Ebbutt, the teenage striker having returned to parent club Bristol Rovers after a goalless one-month loan.

“Me and Cam had a chat and it hasn’t quite worked out. He’s found it difficult but he’d be the first to agree that he hasn’t done as well as he wanted.

“He’s a nice lad and we thank him for his services, and Bristol Rovers as well,” Thompson said.