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Claridge to revive playing career

Steve Claridge
Claridge is a pundit on the BBC's The Football League Show

Striker Steve Claridge is to come out of retirement at the age of 43 to help cash-strapped club Weymouth.

The former player-manager of the non-league outfit is to play for nothing against Blue Square South rivals Bromley in Saturday's home clash.

Claridge has played 1,008 matches in a career spanning more than two decades.

Dave Higson, Weymouth's acting chairman, said: "Steve will not be coaching or managing, just playing some games to help out in our survival bid."

The club's board of directors met on 29 August and set themselves a deadline of 10 days to find new investment of around £50,000 or face the prospect of going into administration.

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