NEW Dorchester Town signing Ollie Griggs admitted his Winchester City exit was “difficult” but is convinced he has “unfinished business” after re-joining the Magpies.

Griggs embarks on his third spell with Dorchester, despite winning promotion to the Southern League Premier South with City late last season.

It means Griggs, along with fellow former Citizens Olly Balmer and Kieran Douglas, could face their old club a matter of months after leaving.

Explaining his choice to return to the Avenue Stadium, Griggs admitted a combination of factors were at play.

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He told Echosport: “It was a tough decision for me personally. I’ve got a good bond with the lads (at City) and the staff.

“I felt like one of the more important players, especially in the dressing room.

“It was really difficult but a few circumstances came down to it with travel, having played at Dorchester before and a few of the other lads coming across.

“I’m pretty sure it was the right decision for my career and next season at Dorch is something I’m really looking forward to.”

He added: “I’m buzzing. It’s obviously my third stint but I feel like I have unfinished business.

“I went there when I was very young and inexperienced. Now, coming back into it I feel I’m a different player and I really want to prove a lot of people wrong and show them what I’m made of.”

Asked which areas of his game he felt had improved since he last played for Dorchester, Griggs replied: “At Winch I played a lot of games and had to dig out results.

“It’s kind of understanding the game with experience of game management. The position I play in midfield or in a holding role, it’s quite a key role in the team to allow other players to play and retain and win the ball back.

“I’ve learned a lot about my own game, understand what to do in certain times of the game and how to get the best out of people.

“I try to present myself as a leader on and off the pitch. I feel like I’m still young but I’m more of a player and I’m trying to help others on the way to where we want to be.”

Dorchester have not finished above 13th since their relegation from the then Conference South in 2013/14 and Griggs is fully aware of the need to improve under boss Glenn Howes.

He said: “That’s one of the key aspects of us wanting to come across, a fresh start with what Howesy is trying to implement this season.

“I feel like it’s going to be a really good season with what he’s spoken about and what we’re planning on doing. We want to finish as high as we can.

“It’s going to be a rebuild this year and it will take time to come across. You’re going to be playing with players that some lads haven’t played with before.

“That’s the good thing with pre-season having nine games, we should be able to build chemistry and bond with the team.

“To be honest, I think we’re going to do really well. I know Howesy’s done really well wherever he’s gone so I think he’ll strive to push us on to where the club should be.”