PAUL Maitland has agreed to become Weymouth's director of football on a permanent basis.

Maitland, who helped oversee the recruitment of new boss Brian Stock, held the role in previous manager Mark Molesley's tenure before stepping away in January.

Up to that point, Maitland was involved with the Terras for eight years on the touchline as coach, assistant-boss and behind the scenes.

But he has now been confirmed in a position he previously hinted would cease following the appointment of Stock.

Speaking after his unveiling as interim in August, Maitland said: "I was only too happy to step back in and help, whether that's for a week, two weeks, three weeks - as long as it takes for them to appoint the right person."

In a brief statement, the Terras said: "Weymouth Football Club are delighted to confirm that Paul Maitland has agreed to return as director of football following discussions with the board of directors and new manager Brian Stock.

"Paul has been a vital part of our success in recent years and we are pleased that he will continue his role with the club."

Weymouth open their National League season on Saturday at Altrincham amid uncertainty over funding for clubs in the EFL and Steps 1 and 2.