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Departed Tony Lee praises Weymouth

TONY Lee admits he is disappointed that his time at Weymouth did not work out but was full of praise for the club, and tipped them to win the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South title.

Lee was initially signed from AFC Totton in May and was Weymouth’s first new signing of the summer, but departed for Gosport Borough last Wednesday.

Lee said: “It has been good, I was quite disappointed that it did not work out at Weymouth because I think Weymouth would have been up there and favourites for promotion this year.

“It would have been nice to have another Southern Premier League title to my name.”

Lee stressed that the move was done with respect, and was full of praise for the Weymouth staff for how they were during his time with the club.

Lee said: “It was all done with respect. I have got the utmost respect for the chairman down at Weymouth, Paul Maitland, Mark Molesley and all of the backroom staff they were as good as gold in the time that I was there.”

Lee admits he found his position of being a wing-back hard to get used to, having primarily played as a forward in his career.

Lee said: “I obviously as a striker converting to a right-back had a bit of work to do on positioning and this, that and the other.

“I think when they signed me they did not think it would be as much of a change but it has ended up being more of a change than everyone thought.”

Lee first trained with his new side on Tuesday, August 7 the day prior to his move away being announced, with the paperwork close to have being finalised at that stage.

Lee said: “I went in on Tuesday, they have got high standards of training, which is good from Macca (Craig McAllister) and Tubbsy (Matt Tubbs) which I did not expect after Gosport’s previous over the last few years.

“It looks a good group. I think they have wanted to go quietly about their business and let everybody talk about their own team and hopefully surprise a few.”

Weymouth manager Mark Molesley thanked Lee for his time at the club and said the decision for him to leave was mutual.

Molesley said: “We would like to thank him for his efforts, he was a real good lad.

“We really enjoyed our time working with him but from a management point of view we cannot afford to keep everyone and he had other opportunities to go and play in another position which we could not unfortunately offer him.

“It was a mutual decision and it gave us a little bit more flexibility in doing the business that we did at the weekend (referring to the signings of Josh McQuoid, Antonio Diaz and Matt Casey) and also the player probably ended up with a better situation for him at the moment.”

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