RETURNING Weymouth hero Brandon Goodship believes his second spell at the Terras represents a “new challenge” in his career.

Goodship, 26, moved to then League One side Southend United in 2019 but experienced a double relegation, scoring only six goals, as the Shrimpers slipped to the National League.

It means Goodship could face his old club twice in the 2021/22 season.

However, striker Goodship is looking forward to wearing the claret and blue strip again.

The former Bournemouth, Yeovil and Dorchester hitman scored 77 goals in his first stint and achieved promotion to the National League South.

“I’m delighted to be back,” he told Echosport. “Obviously I’ve had a couple of years away and played in the Football League again.

“League One was the highest level I played at and, although it was tough results-wise, I enjoyed myself.

“I played at some good grounds in front of some good crowds but it’s time for a change now.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge with some familiar faces.”

Goodship has signed a two-year deal – a sign of his belief in the project manager Brian Stock is working on at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

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He said: “I’m in my mid-20s now and the two-year deal was offered to me. It means I could live back home and stuff like that.

“It’s a bit of stability and the club have put their faith in me to offer me the deal.

“I like to think I’ll be able to repay them with the performances I’ll give on the pitch.”

On playing in front of Weymouth fans again, Goodship added: “The fans are what make the club.

“It was the same the first time I was there and hopefully it will be the same this time around.

“The support was unbelievable and was quite a large factors in why I wanted to return, as well as speaking to Brian and the vision that he and other staff members have for the club.

“Hopefully we can enjoy a successful second spell at the club.

“People can’t underestimate what the club achieved last year by staying up on merit.

“Everyone knows there was no relegation but if there would’ve been, the club would’ve survived and that was massive.

“It will be another challenge next year and one that myself, the staff and the players are really looking forward to.”