WEYMOUTH have announced the signing of striker Yemi Odubade from Eastbourne Borough until the end of the season.
The deal to sign Odubade has arisen through the Wessex Fantasy Football initiative, with fans dipping into their own pockets to help fund the forward’s extension.
Speaking to Echosport, Terras’ boss Mark Molesley expressed his appreciation to the loyal Bob Lucas Stadium support.
He said: “I would just like to say on record what fantastic support that the fans have shown towards that (the appeal for funding).
“I think they have appreciated Yemi’s performances since he has been here.
“They have shown, voted on their feet and with hands in their pockets that they want to keep him and it looks like that is going to happen now thanks to their generosity.
“It gives us a real good fighting chance, sitting in the changing room with (Josh) McQuoid, Brandon (Goodship) and Zubes (Stephane Zubar) out of the team, to give us a chance to bring in a player of Yemi’s calibre.
“I can’t thank them enough and it shows how great this club can be.”
Director of football Paul Maitland was similarly grateful to the Terras’ fans.
He said: “It’s primarily down to the fans being able to fundraise. We thank the fans for supporting the club and adding Yemi to the squad. Hopefully it will play a big part in the second half of the season.”
He added: “Fans like players that excite them and Yemi has the ability to do that. The fans also recognise that with his experience he’s a player that will help us through some of the more difficult periods that we may face going forward.
“We’ve got a good young squad but the chance to add a bit of experience, quality, is great to be able to take that opportunity.”
Odubade’s original one-month spell with the Terras ended after their 2-1 victory over Tiverton Town, in which Odubade played 73 minutes before being replaced by Abdulai Baggie.
During that initial spell he scored three goals in seven appearances for the Terras, with two of those appearances coming as a substitute.