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Unfinished business for me says Weymouth’s Ashley Wells

ASHLEY Wells admitted there is unfinished business for Weymouth after he, as well as Ben Thomson, agreed terms to stay at the Bob Lucas Stadium for the 2018/19 season.

He also admitted it would be silly to leave the side, which made the play-off semi-final this season where they lost 3-0 at King’s Lynn Town.

Wells said: “It is always nice. It is somewhere that I have been for so long, I do not want to change because we got so close. There is unfinished business there I would not want to leave.

“The coaches all believe in me and I think they have made me a better player so I think I would be silly to go anywhere else.”

Wells is the longest-serving current player at Weymouth, having been at the Terras for six seasons now and was made club captain ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Wells said: “When I was a kid I used to watch them so I am definitely a fan.

“When we go back it will be my seventh season there and with that comes a bit more responsibility. I am one of the older heads and I have got experience in this league.”

When asked if the new terms with Weymouth have made him reflect on his time at the club, Wells said: “You always have a little look back and I have enjoyed every year.

“This one has been the most enjoyable just with the group and the staff, I have really enjoyed it this year.

“When I first started we were down near the bottom of the league fighting relegation, so to be on the flip side of that: competing and trying to get promoted is something that I want to do with this team.”

When asked if the season just gone was more enjoyable with his role as club captain Wells said: “It is an honour to be club captain of such a big team, when I was growing up, watching the lads and when you are a young lad you sort of look up to those guys.

“You want to play for Weymouth and you want to be a professional footballer so it is nice to be club captain of a team I used to watch when I was so young.”

Weymouth’s season ended on Wednesday with the 3-0 loss away at King’s Lynn Town in the play-off semi-final after a superb season that saw them finish fifth in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division with 97 points.

Wells said: “It is still gutting. To get so far and the lads and the staff have all worked so hard. Everything we have done, behind the scenes some of the work that they do is so good.

“Honestly you could not imagine some of the stuff they put together for us.”

The Linnets scored three superb goals – a 25-yard free-kick from Cameron Norman, a 30-yard volley from Craig Parker and another 30-yard effort from Cameron King.

Wells said: “To lose to three of the best goals I have ever seen, in one game as well.

“Sometimes you get one of them a season but three in the same game it is hard to take because there is nothing we could do about them.

“They have just put them all in the top corner and you have just got to say well it was not our day but we will come back next year.”

Explaining one of the goals conceded, Wells said: “They have had a corner, I have headed it away, I have got good height and distance on it the lad is running away, he swivels and hits it on the volley.

“Nine times out of 10 they fly over the stands, a lot of the time they do not even shoot but he has hit it and it has just gone in the top corner.

“You just think well you cannot do anything about it. You try and close him down but there is only so close you can get before he has unleashed an absolute wonder goal.”

Reflecting on their season overall, Wells said: “We have been very good this year.

“We have the quality to hurt teams through any stage of the game, even if we are not playing well we can still turn it on and cause problems.”

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