FORMER Weymouth centre-back Jordan Rose admitted he is “gutted” to have left the Terras.

Rose enjoyed two loan spells from Havant before joining Weymouth this summer after the Hawks turned full-time following their relegation from the National League.

The popular defender’s first loan spell saw him rival Ben Thomson with four goals apiece as top scorer in the 2017/18 season before seeing red at Kings Langley on his second debut during the following campaign.

This term Rose has failed to cement a spot in the Terras’ starting line-up and exited the Bob Lucas Stadium, going on to play for Eastbourne Borough before sustaining a calf injury 30 minutes into his debut.

Rose, who Echosport understands has offers from numerous Vanarama National League South and BetVictor Southern Premier South sides, insisted his sole desire was to play for the Terras.

He said: “I am gutted. Leaving Havant was hard, especially with making their changes and forcing us all out.

“Off the back of that, I didn’t want to go anywhere else.

“There was no team I wanted to join other than Weymouth.

“The day I spoke to the Havant manager (Paul Doswell) to say I couldn’t commit to his full-time regime I rang Mark Molesley (Terras’ boss) to say I was available and you’re the only club I want to play for.

“It is disappointing to be in this situation, I won’t hide away from that.

“Unfortunately the club aren’t in a position to be able to offer me a contract.”

But Rose will look back on his time at Weymouth with cherished memories.

He said: “It’s only positive, it’s such a great club to play for. I’d be disappointed if this last spell was my last at the club because there’s not one spell I look back at and I’m disappointed.

“I always go away from Weymouth with a broader knowledge of my position. Mark is such a great coach – you feel like you’re constantly learning.

“Even at 29 and the things I’ve done in football, winning (successive promotions), there’s never a moment where you think ‘I know absolutely everything’.

“Weymouth is so professionally run, everything’s done in the right way and the players want to improve and learn. It’s a club that any player would be lucky to be involved with.”

Commenting on Rose’s departure, Molesley added: “Jordan’s been a great character and a great, great leader for us.

“We’ve had him twice on loan and he started the season with us. He’s a great talent to have around. It’s difficult – we couldn’t give him the game time that he deserved and needs at this stage of his career.

“We were lucky in acquiring two centre-halves from Bournemouth (Sam Sherring and Shaun Hobson), which wasn’t really on the cards from the start.

“Unfortunately it meant game time was going to be hard to come by. For a player of that stature and quality he needed more games, so reluctantly we thought it was best he plays his football elsewhere.

“We wish him all the best and he goes with our blessing because he’s always been outstanding on and off the pitch.”

Weymouth travel to St Albans City in the Vanarama National League South today (3pm).