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Hale looks for Weymouth recruits

Matt Hale and Andy Tillson
Hale and Tillson worked together at Team Bath

New Weymouth manager Matt Hale has started his search for players after stepping into the Wessex Stadium hot-seat on Monday.

The former Terras defender knows that he will have a restricted budget to mount a promotion challenge back to the Blue Square Premier.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "Promotion is what we will be aiming for, but it's down to what players we can recruit."

Hale will initially assemble a squad of up to 18 players.

Weymouth will go part-time for their first season back in Conference South but Hale will keep his full-time job as football education manager at Bath University.

And that role look set to influence his future plans with assistant manager Andy Tillson at the Wessex Stadium.

"We've got to go down and look at some of the youth team players and have a look at what we've got there at Weymouth and what's around the area as well, so hopefully we can bring a few young lads through," he said.

Hale has previously spent time coaching at Southampton and Bristol City and also had a short period with the Royal Marines.

But despite spending time away from Weymouth he still considers the club as his 'home'.

"I don't think I've been off the website over the last five years for a day. I've seen the highs and the lows on there. When I read what's happened over the last few months I just didn't think there was a better time to go down and have a go and do something at the club."



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