WEYMOUTH’S Calvin Brooks believes fellow centre-half Pat Baldwin will have a massive impact on his progression, as well as the fortunes of the club this term.
The former Yeovil Town man, who signed a new one-year deal with the Terras in May, insists the club will make big strides defensively under Baldwin’s guidance, while he is looking to tap into his team-mate’s knowledge himself.
Speaking about his defensive partner, Brooks said: “I didn’t know him at all before he came in but he is a really lovely guy.
“He has already shown me a lot of things in training and we get on well.
“It is going to be brilliant for me, I am only 21, he is 32 and has played full-time for his whole career.
“He has said to me to learn whatever I can while he is there and keep progressing. Hopefully we will keep as many clean sheets as possible.
“In the games I have played with Pat so far his organisation and communication has been brilliant. He is always talking on the pitch and never lets you use concentration, which is a massive boost.”
Weymouth’s Achilles heel last term was their leaky backline, having conceded the most goals out of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division’s top 10.
But Brooks, who is set to feature for the club in their friendly at Gosport this afternoon (3pm), is confident the Weymouth rearguard will be up to the task this time around.
He added: “I can’t see us conceding as many as last season if I’m honest.
“Most of our back four are six-feet plus, can all run, and we didn’t really have that as much last season.
“We were leaking so many goals. I felt we were weak and I hope we have changed that.”