DEFENDER David Sesay has left Weymouth following a seven-day approach from a rival National League South club.

Sesay, 25, joined Weymouth last season and played an integral role in what the Terras dubbed as ‘The Great Escape’ in beating the drop to Step 3 on the final day of the season.

He netted two goals in his 35-match Terras tenure, including a long-range cracker at Farnborough and the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Hampton & Richmond in January.

Echosport understands Sesay’s new club, which will be announced on Thursday, has more than tripled the left-back’s wages and offered accommodation.

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Weymouth manager Bobby Wilkinson confirmed the news in his post-match interview following the 2-0 win over Truro.

He said: “I’m gutted to lose David. I’m really disappointed to lose such a brilliant player but we couldn’t afford his wages.

“I wish him all the best on his journey because he’s part of the ‘Great Escape’.

"We’re both upset, we didn’t want to lose him, but I couldn’t compete with what the other club have offered.”

Taking to social media, Sesay said: “Unfortunately, my time at Weymouth has come to an end. Wanted to start by saying a massive thank you to the gaffa, management team and all the fans.

“We both agree full-time football was an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down and leave on good terms.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey but wouldn’t change a thing. Wish the club the very best.”

Weymouth next face Aveley at home on Saturday (3pm).