WEYMOUTH assistant-manager Paul Maitland insisted the club has “high hopes” for new recruit Harry Baker, having agreed terms with the forward for next season.

Baker, who impressed the Terras’ coaching staff for Gillingham Town during last season’s Dorset Senior Cup final, has been training with the club during pre-season and has managed to secure himself a deal at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

He racked up 30 goals in a Gillingham Town shirt last term from 42 appearances in all competitions. Building on his haul of 16 goals in 2015-16.

Speaking about the new recruit, Maitland told Echosport: “He obviously impressed us in the Dorset Senior Cup final, so we invited him in for pre-season training.

“We have been impressed by his attitude, his application, and he fits the bill. We are looking forward to improving him as a player.”

He added: “We are excited about what he is going to give us. I think it’s a signing the fans will like because he is a real worker, he works hard for the team.

“He is certainly a player you would not accuse of not leaving everything out on the pitch. I think in the Southern League you need players like that.

“He is a forward but is someone who can play wide or a little bit deeper if you want him to. He is fit, strong and we have some high hopes for him.”

As well as the Gills, Baker’s former clubs include Street and Frome Town.

Dorset Echo

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