DORCHESTER Town Under-23s captain Ben Fowles has secured a move to newly-promoted Southern League South Division One side Tavistock.

Fowles, 21, is the Lambs' third signing of the summer and his switch away from the Magpies comes in part due to a relocation to Devon with his partner.

One of the brightest talents to rise through Dorchester's ranks, central midfielder Fowles won a league and cup double with the under-23s last season.

However, he was unable to break into the first team at all in 2021/22 and opted for a move to Western League Premier champions Tavistock.

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Speaking to Tavistock's official website, Fowles said: "I am happy to be a part of it. 

"Obviously it is a club that has come on leaps and bounds and with me relocating, it looks like a really good club to be a part of and hopefully I can have a bit of a career with them.

“I captained the under-23s at Dorchester and we won the league and a cup last year. 

"We had quite a good season and I made some appearances in pre-season but, unfortunately, I didn’t quite get there in the league because they had such a big squad.

“Now, I am looking forward to coming to Tavistock and getting a bit of experience at Southern League level, test myself and see how I get on with it.”

“I must admit, I don’t know a lot about Tavistock,” he added. “I have heard a few good things about Stu (Henderson, boss) from the people at Dorch, a few of the lads I played with were from Exeter way, and they said they’d heard he’s a really good coach with the young lads and what have you – good things in general really, which is good.

“I’m going to be moving to the area in October/November time, my girlfriend and I have reserved a house, so we hope to move to the area soon. 

"There will be a lot of travelling until then, but I’ll bite the bullet for now and fingers crossed everything goes to plan and I’ll be living down the road.”

On his newest acquisition, Henderson said: “Ben has really impressed me, first and foremost, with his dedication.

"He wants to come here and has made sacrifices already to join in with our pre-season programme and those are characteristics I like and want at Tavistock.

“As far as I am concerned, getting him on board was a no-brainer.

“He wants to play at the level and I think he will fit in especially with what we have going on with the development squad as well, there will be plenty of opportunities to play there if and when he is needed.

“But he is another one that fits the ethos of Tavistock and investing in young players that aren’t necessarily established and command silly money.

"He has the appetite and desire to play at this level that we have just got promoted to.”