MIDFIELDER Jake McCarthy described his move to link up with boss Mark Molesley at Weymouth as a “no-brainer”.
The former AFC Bournemouth youngster, who was released by the Cherries this summer after a decade in the youth ranks at the club, worked with the Terras’ manager as part of the Bournemouth under-21s set up last season.
And, admitting that Molesley had a “big influence” in him agreeing a one-year contract at the Bob Lucas Stadium, McCarthy, who is based in Blandford, insisted he was looking forward to playing his football under a familiar face.
“Moles had a big influence in me coming to Weymouth,” he told Echosport.
“He rang me and I knew a few of the lads that were there already. It was a bit of a no-brainer. Obviously I know Moles quite well from last season.
“There would have been other interest but, with Weymouth being not too far from where I actually live, it all added up.
“I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
Asked what it was like to work with Molesley on a day-to-day basis, McCarthy replied: “He is a really good coach and a great guy.
“I remember when he first came into the under-21s set-up (at Bournemouth). He loves cracking a joke but, when he needs to be serious, he is serious and he wants to get the best out of you as a player.
“He knows what you are capable of and, if you are not reaching that, then he will let you know about it.”
Also quizzed on his time with the Cherries, McCarthy, who sealed his first professional contract in December 2013 while still a second-year scholar and then went on to sign a new two-year contract in 2015, said: “Bournemouth was great and I really enjoyed it, I wish the club all the best. Being at the club for 10 years, I haven’t actually been at another club apart from being on loan.”