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Defender Toby Down returns to Weymouth on loan

by: theterras

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DEFENDER Toby Down has agreed to re-join Weymouth on a loan from Exeter City, until December 31.

The talented central defender spent a month at the Bob Lucas Stadium last season before heading over the Ridgeway to link up with Dorchester Town on loan in February.

Manager Mark Molesley came off the bench as a player for the Terras on the night Down made his Weymouth debut – a 2-2 draw at home against Banbury United on Tuesday, January 17.

And having got a glimpse of what the Grecians’ youngster is capable of in a short spell, he swooped to secure his services once again.

“It is key that he has played at this level and I thought he handled this level very well,” the Terras’ boss said when announcing the signing.

“For a young lad, I thought physically he more than coped with it, which is a plus for him. He is a strong lad, wins his headers and enjoys the physical side of the game.

“Coming through at Exeter, we know he has come through a good schooling.

“He ticks all the boxes that we want from a defender and, from having the experience of already seeing him, we are delighted to have him back.”

Molesley expressed his thanks to Exeter for sanctioning the loan switch and is hoping the two clubs can continue a link that helps both parties.

He added: “We are happy to forge that relationship with Exeter.

“They are coming down in pre-season and we are privileged that they have let their player come and play for our club.

“I think it’s a feather in the cap for Weymouth as well that we can provide a platform for these young players.”

Assistant Paul Maitland, who also revealed that Down trained with Weymouth on Monday evening, added: “He has filled out and grown a bit more since he was here last season, so physically he is a bigger specimen than before.

“He will be another boost.”

Dorset Echo

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