Boss Matthews swoops to sign midfielder Charlie Davis from Dorchester Town

BOSS Jason Matthews revealed his second new Terras’ recruit of the day – this time securing the services of Charlie Davis from Dorchester Town.

Davis, who picked up the Magpies’ golden boot and online player of the year award at the Avenue last season, has agreed a one-year deal with Weymouth, according to the Terras’ boss.

In an interview with Echosport last month, Davis, who had just finished the campaign as an Avenue favourite, said: “If we can keep the foundations that we built last season together then I don’t see no reason not to be at Dorchester next season.”

But it appears the former AFC Bournemouth youngster has had a change of heart, and Terras’ chief Matthews is more than happy to welcome him into his squad.

“Charlie showed an interest in wanting to come to us so it would have been silly of me not to follow it up with the season he had last year,” Matthews told Echosport, when confirming the deal.

“We tried to sign him in my first season at the club as manager and he chose to stay at Poole.

“Last year I had a lot of midfielders, so we didn’t go in for Charlie – he went to Dorchester and did well. He is a ball player and I feel our pitch had an impact on why he wanted to come to Weymouth.

“He is another one that was really keen to come to Weymouth and I need that sort of hunger in my squad. I want everyone to be hungry next season and Charlie fits the bill.

“I’ll make no secret about it, he can also take a penalty which was something that we struggled with over the last couple of seasons. It gives me another penalty taker with Chris Shephard.

“Charlie has backed himself to get in my squad and, as I have told him, he has a fight on his hands with the calibre of midfielders we have at the club now.”

Asked if he felt his move to recruit Davis would hit the Magpies’ camp hard, Matthews replied: “I don’t really know what Dorchester are doing but it’s about me looking after my side of things.

“Jem (Mark Jermyn, Dorchester Town manager) did extremely well last year and I have no reason to believe that he won’t do well again this year.“

Dorset Echo