ASHLEY Wells has earned a sensational return to Dorchester Town.

Weymouth hero Wells yesterday left the Terras after a 10-year spell at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Dorchester have now moved for the versatile defender, who spent time on loan with the Magpies last season.

Wells recovered from sepsis in lockdown after winning the Dorset Senior Cup - in a 4-2 win over Dorchester - with the Terras in March.

Magpies' boss Leigh Robinson admitted his admiration for the defender, revealing he "hated" managing against the tenacious former Weymouth club captain.

He said: "The job for me here as a manager is to keep the squad improving and moving forwards.

"When Ashley became available, he was instantly a player I wanted to pursue to add a bit of extra know-how and winning mentality to the squad.

"He is one of the most committed and hardest working players I have seen at this level and quite simply someone who I have always hated managing against due to his sheer competitiveness but always felt I wanted in one of my teams.

"His versatility will be a big asset and we're very pleased to welcome him."

Subject to relevant Southern League forms being completed, Wells will be available to face Weston-super-Mare tomorrow (3pm).