WEYMOUTH defender Calvin Brooks revealed he was on standby last season as an emergency goalkeeper, adding: “I fancied myself when I was younger, I was decent at saving penalties!”

Brooks was stationed as a right wing-back or right-back for much of the Terras’ 2020/21 National League season.

However, with manager Brian Stock often opting for five outfield players on the bench, Brooks was in line to replace Ethan Ross or Gerard Benfield should injury or a red card have occurred.

Brooks has once before donned the gloves for Weymouth during a 1-1 draw at Kings Langley in December 2016.

Regular number one Dan Thomas was sent off and manager Jason Matthews had not named himself among the substitutes.

Speaking to Echosport, Brooks said: “There was a couple of occasions where (Stock) has left Gerard out.

“He’s said to me just to be ready, just in case. I think Robbie (Yates, goalkeeping coach) joked about me turning up to training early just to do half an hour!

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“It’s just one of those things. I enjoyed it last time and it’s an emergency situation. I’m just there to help out.”

Asked how often he practises his goalkeeping skills, Brooks said: “I don’t! But I was all right when I was younger.

“I fancied myself, I was decent at saving penalties. But I went in that game a few years ago and let one in. It was a bit frustrating we drew that game.

“I think I’ve got a bit of a reputation now.”