WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley insists Callum Buckley “ticks all the boxes” for the Terras, after announcing the defender has signed a one-year deal at the Bob Lucas Stadium next season.

The 21-year-old, whose contract is coming to an end at AFC Bournemouth, has agreed to join the Terras under Molesley, having worked with the manager as part the youth set-up with the Cherries.

Talking about his first new summer signing, Molesley told Echosport: “He can play left-back and left-sided centre half and is very versatile. He is young enough to go on again and is a real coup for the club.

“I know him personally through working with the under-23 squad at Bournemouth and he has played above this level now.”

Buckley has previously had a taste of game time in the area – he was hailed as having a “fantastic attitude” by Dorchester Town coach Stuart Heath, during a loan spell at the Avenue in 2014, having turned professional that summer.

And Molesley believes the Cherries’ academy product, who has more recently been on loan at Aldershot, has the right character to help take Weymouth forward.

He added: “He ticks all the boxes for what we want to do. He is young, hungry and most importantly, he is very talented.

“To get him to drop a level means he has bought into the vision we have for this club and we hope we can provide the environment for him to thrive.

“I know him very well and I not only think he will add to the squad but he knows the way I work and the way I want things done. He will push that along as well.”

Buckley’s former loan clubs also include Eastbourne Borough. The youngster was also a second-half substitute for the Cherries against AC Milan in Warren Cummings’ testimonial last season.

Dorset Echo

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