SAM Clarke has left the Terras over his contract dispute with former chairman George Rolls.

The defender confronted Rolls, whose family hold the club’s majority shareholding, at the recent home game with Stourbridge over outstanding wages, only to be told by the Cambridge-based businessman that he was not under contract.

The ex-Portland United man joined Weymouth last summer, with then boss Ian Hutchinson announcing in late July that Clarke, Sam Charles and Bradley Magookin had all signed one-year deals.

The contracts of Charles and Magookin were both registered with the Football Association the following month but there is no sign of Clarke’s agreement.

After contacting the FA for confirmation, Clarke has decided to end his stay with the Radipole Lane outfit and could be set to join Wimborne Town.

He told Echosport: “I went to see George after the last home game and I said I hadn’t been paid for February. He told me he had no intention of paying me because I wasn’t on a contract.

“I said that I was but he told me it was cancelled or something. I have since spoken to Hutch about it and he said that, as far as he was aware, I was on a contract.

“I rang the FA and they said they had no paperwork of my contract, so for him (George Rolls) to wait as long as he has to tell me I’m not on a contract is a bit cheeky to be honest.

“I’m not going to stand around and have the micky taken out of me so I’ve decided to leave and go somewhere else where I’m not going to get treated like that.

“My boss at work wouldn’t expect me to come in the next week if I hadn’t been paid, why should the football club be any different?”

Rolls was yesterday unavailable for comment while current manager Martyn Rogers said: “I understand there were some administrative problems. Sam thought he was on a contract but apparently he’s not.

“He was signed by the previous manager and the previous chairman so it’s not really one for me to discuss.

“I don’t know the ins and outs, all I do know is that Sam was disappointed with what has gone on.”

Asked about his next move, Clarke added: “Hopefully I’ll be going to train with Wim-borne.

“I’ve been out with a medial knee ligament injury but I’ve spoken to Alex Browne about going up to Wimborne and he said I could come and train and take things from there.”

On the plus side, the Terras have secured the services of Newport County midfielder Mike Fowler on non-contract terms.

A delighted Rogers added: “He’s a fantastic signing for us. He has a lot of leadership qualities and is a quality player for this level of football.”

However, striker Warren Byerley has yet to put pen to paper on a permanent deal.

Rogers said: “We are still talking to Warren but between us we will get it sorted.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Cirencester, the Weymouth chief added: “Hopefully we can do what we are here to do, which is win football matches.

“Other results went our way on Tuesday night so it would be nice to capitalise on that.”