Terras in safe hands
By Adam Summers
Tuesday 7th July 2009
GOALKEEPER Ryan Harrison has insisted that Weymouth will
be going all out under manager Matty Hale to be a success
story in Blue Square South this season.
Huge financial problems and relegation from the Blue Square
Premier has meant the Terras have had to build a new squad
from scratch this summer with a limited budget but despite
all the upheavals the early signs in pre-season training have
been encouraging according to the clubs new stopper.
Harrison said: We trained a couple of times last week
and although there has been a lot of trialists taking part
it is looking promising.
It looks like we are going to be a very young squad
but there is some experience in there as well with the likes
of Kyle Critchell and Scott Brice, who will no doubt be very
important players for us.
The other thing that has impressed me is that it looks
like everyone will be going all out to do well rather than
just settling for being at a good club in a half decent league,
which is very important.
Harrison spent last season with Oxford City but it was through
Hales links with Team Bath that the Terras boss
first noticed the 23-year-olds talents.
I trained at Team Bath last season whenever I could,
said Harrison. In fact we tried to do something at one
stage but you have got to be on a course there.
Despite that I still continued to turn up throughout
the year and even played in a few friendlies and reserve-team
matches, and that is where Matty obviously spotted me and
thought I could be the right person to bring down with him
I played at Oxford City all last season in the Southern
League Premier Division where we ended up doing not too bad,
finishing just three points adrift of the play-offs in what
was our first season after coming up from the league below.
Before that I was at Llanelli and won the Welsh Premier
League with them and played in Europe, and prior to that I
had spells at Forest Green Rovers, Wrexham and Swansea City
which is where my career started.
The Terras travel to Bridport on Saturday for their first
pre-season friendly but it is unclear whether Harrison or
any of the clubs other new signings will take part.
Hale said: We have got a couple more training sessions
this week so we will take a look at things and then make some
decisions ahead of Saturday.
One or two of the lads that have signed on may take
part against Bridport but I think in the main it will be trialists
as we look to whittle down the numbers.
* Weymouth will take on Coca-Cola League One side Exeter
City at the Wessex Stadium on July 29. Kick-off time to be