NEW Dorchester Town defender Harry Hutchinson has spoken of the influence of father Ian in his footballing career.

Ian Hutchinson managed Weymouth in two spells across a tumultuous 12 months in the Terras’ history from 2010 to 2011.

His managerial stint came after a magnificent playing career in Weymouth’s midfield, during which he chalked up more than 550 games in claret and blue.

Hutchinson also played for and managed Bridport between 2008 and 2009 and counts spells at Halifax Town, Berwick Rangers and Cork City on his footballing CV.

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And it is his vast experience in the game that provides the perfect source of advice for son Harry to make strides in the game.

The 21-year-old has progressed quickly into a Southern League player, cutting his teeth at Portland before enjoying two years at Poole Town.

And he has followed boss Tom Killick across to Dorchester Town for the 2024/25 campaign.

Throughout his burgeoning career, Hutchinson will always have his father to lean on for help.

“He’s been really influential, he’s brilliant,” Harry told Echosport.

“He’s my biggest fan but also he can be my critic.

“He’s always trying to make sure I stay grounded, never get too high and never get too low.

“He’s helped me massively over my career and he’s helping me with pre-season.

“It’s absolutely brilliant, any advice that I need or any questions I have, I can just go to him. He obviously has my best intentions at heart.

“He’s always there to help me, give advice and make sure that I stay humble and believe in myself.”