NEW recruit Josh Carmichael insists it will be a “privilege” to feature for the Terras this term and is already impressed with how things are shaping up.

The 22-year-old former Scottish youth international, who was part of the academy at AFC Bournemouth since the age of 10 before a year at Gosport Borough last term, finalised his move to the Bob Lucas Stadium during the Terras’ first full pre-season training session at Blandford School.

And the central midfielder, who made a handful of appearances for the Cherries’ first-team as a youngster, is looking forward to getting a new chapter of his career underway.

“Weymouth is a big non-League club and it is going to be a privilege to play for them,” he told Echosport following the pre-season session.

“I hope I can show the fans what I can do and hopefully we can push on this year and have a good year – maybe even pushing up to the play-offs, if not the league. You never know.”

Quizzed on how the deal came about, Carmichael was quick to emphasise manager Mark Molesley was key in bringing him to the club.

He said: “I met up with Moles during the off season, the project he brought to me and what he talked about sounded really good.

“They try and do it as professionally as they can here (at Weymouth) and training has been very good since I have been here, so it’s all good.

“We have all integrated very well. The new lads have met the current lads and we have all got on very well.”

Despite being part of a Gosport side that went down from National League South last season, Carmichael insists that experience has made him stronger as a player.

“It was a test last year, I had ups and downs at Gosport,” he added.

“Obviously it wasn’t the best season with relegation but, for me, it was a year in men’s football and a year in non-League getting used to it.

“I feel like it is only good for me to come here now knowing what it’s about.”

Dorset Echo

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