NEW Weymouth club captain Ashley Wells is “very happy” about being given a new responsibility at the club.

Wells, 26, is a long-serving member of the Terras’ squad and his newly-created position was announced at the latest fans’ forum on Tuesday night, with Jake McCarthy set to wear the captain’s armband on matchdays.

Defender Wells told Echosport it was “nice to be recognised” by manager Mark Molesley.

He said: “It’s nice to be recognised and obviously it’s a club I’ve been at for years. I’m very happy about the role. Jake’s a nice lad, I travel in with him and we get on well, so it’s good.”

And Wells considers the current squad of players to be among the best he has been involved with.

“We’re a good footballing team. I feel like it’s one of the strongest sides that I have ever been a part of. You’ve obviously got lads that have come out of clubs that want to get back into football full-time.

“They need to do that with this club. Obviously the better they’re playing the better the club does,” he said.

With the Terras facing St Ives today (3pm) in their opening Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division game, Wells echoed the thoughts of winger Aaron Rodriguez, believing the influence of Molesley to have helped his game.

 He said: “He’s helped me technically, that’s one of my weaknesses. He’s a very good man manager, as well as all of his coaches in the background. They bend over backwards to help us out.

“The sessions he’s putting on are unreal, they are never boring. They’re based on how he wants us to play. We’re not full-time but it’s the most professional it’s been since I’ve been here.”

After a promising pre-season, Wells is bullish about his side’s chances heading into a fresh season and is targeting a play-off spot come May.

“Last year I said play-offs and I was quite wrong with that! It’s the biggest club in the league and it’s the biggest club down here.

“I think play-offs as a minimum is what we should be aiming for,” he added.

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