PAUL Maitland has been backed to be a success in his new role of Weymouth assistant-manager by defender Calvin Brooks.

The Terras’ number two, who made the step up to the assistant role under manager Mark Molesley last month, having previously worked as a first-team goalkeeping coach at the Bob Lucas Stadium, has been described as “an absolute diamond” by the versatile defender.

Brooks and Maitland have spent some time together during the off season playing cricket for Sturminster Marshall in the Dorset League this summer – the pair totalled 80 runs between them against Dorchester Seconds last Saturday.

Asked about his relationship with assistant Maitland, Brooks told Echosport: “To be honest, Paul is an absolute diamond.

“Even at cricket, I was telling people that they don’t understand how much work he does for the club. People don’t understand the amount of work he gets through.

“He does a lot of the negotiations with the players because Moles has his other job to do as well. He is good on the training ground with the goalkeepers, does a lot of work with the travelling for away games and is just a very good bloke.”

Brooks added: “I think he will do really well in the assistant-manager role.

“The thing is with Paul is I trust him – if I’m not playing as well as I should be he will pull me to one side, like he did last season, and tell me.

“He does a lot to help me and I really appreciate the work he does and I know a lot of the other lads do as well.”

Dorset Echo

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