WEYMOUTH legend Ben Thomson and midfielder Andreas Robinson have left the club, the Terras have confirmed.

Both Thomson and Robinson were in talks to extend their stays at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

However, Weymouth are understood to be keen on switching to a daytime model of training, leaving players with full-time jobs such as Thomson and Robinson in difficulty to combine both work and football.

Thomson will be a particularly big loss for Weymouth fans, who often chant his name in celebration of his tireless work ethic on the pitch.

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His physical ability and prowess in aerial duels gave Weymouth an extra dimension up front in his 255 games for the club.

Thomson bagged 66 goals for Weymouth and recorded 47 assists during his career with the Terras.

He was a huge part of the side that won back-to-back promotions to the National League, but struggled badly with injury last season - he played just 13 games and scored twice.

Robinson, meanwhile, joined Weymouth from Havant in 2019 and won promotion to the National League in his maiden season with the club.

He missed three months of 2022 with a troublesome foot injury but still managed 29 appearances, scoring twice.

Robinson exits having made 82 appearances, netting six times and providing five assists.

Manager David Oldfield, who wanted to keep both players, said: "Ben Thomson and Andreas Robinson are leaving the club with our very best wishes.

"We have tried to retain their services but with our training becoming more during the day time this season, it has become very difficult for both lads as they have important jobs.

"Both players have been very significant to Weymouth FC. Andreas with his leadership, attitude and desire and Ben with his exceptional goal threat, bravery and ability.

"They both have been a part of success at Weymouth with Ben scoring a truly significant number of goals and appearances that was recognised by the club this season.

"Ben, in particular, has been a huge fan favourite and scored brilliant goals. He’s been at the club since 2015 and leaves with legendary status.

"Andreas was part of the climb up the leagues and played an significant part towards the end of last season including the final day win.

"We are disappointed to see both players leave but wish them the very best for their future football careers. They both will always be welcome at Weymouth FC."

Addressing Weymouth's quiet summer once more, Oldfield provided his most detailed update yet.

"I know fans are looking to the club for news of new signings," he said.

"The responsibility on the football side for new signings is with me. We have made many offers and are awaiting confirmation of signings and hope to update you all soon.

"The crucial factor is to recruit players who want to be at Weymouth FC. We have to have a group that are hungry and willing to work for the club.

"This is a work in progress and a true rebuild of the playing squad. Thanks for your patience and support and hope for more news shortly."

Weymouth chairman Ian White added: "Both Ben Thomson and Andy Robinson have been great servants to the club and have played their part in both our promotions.

"I would like to, as I sure all Terras fans will want to, wish them luck for the future."

After Thomson and Robinson's exit, 11 players have left this summer with Aldershot signing Josh McQuoid, Tyler Cordner and Ollie Harfield, while Ross Fitzsimons, Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Josh Leslie-Smith, Taofiq Olomowewe, Ben Morgan and Jordan Greenidge have all departed.

Weymouth’s only officially confirmed players for 2022/23 are Tom Blair and Ahkeem Rose.