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Watts makes Avenue exit

Dorset Echoby Ky Capel

Darren Watts has left Dorchester Town in pursuit of regular first team football.

The 20-year-old made his Dorchester debut on September 1, 2007 – a goal-less draw at Bishop’s Stortford – following his promotion from the Magpies’ Under-18s.

Over the last two seasons the midfielder made 35 appearances for the county town club, but 17 of those came as a substitute.

Dorchester player-manager Roy O’Brien, whose side visit Hamwor-thy United tonight (7.15pm) in a pre-season friendly, is sad to see Watts depart but admits it would have been unfair to keep him on.

He said: “Darren is no longer with the club. I’ve spoken with him and he wants to be playing regular football.

“He’s been with the first team for two years and I felt it was unfair to keep him here if he wasn’t going to be featuring as much as he would have liked.

“I’ll keep in contact with him though and I wish him all the best in the future because he’ll be a good player for someone.”

O’Brien is expected to field a host of trialists this evening in order keep the majority of his current squad fresh for tomorrow night’s home game with Championship outfit Bristol City (7.45pm).

He added: “Most of the players who finished the game against Eastbourne will play at Hamworthy because we’ve got Bristol City the next day.

“That is no disrespect to Hamworthy because to-night will be a good opportunity to see what the trialists can do.

“Any players we do decide to bring in have got to be better than what we’ve already got or offer me something different. I’m not going to sign players for the sake of it.”

Winger Ivan Forbes impressed in the 3-2 defeat to Eastbourne on Saturday but was then substituted just before the hour mark as a precautionary measure.

Goalkeeper Regan Coward meanwhile, could feature in a game this week after recovering from a recent illness.

O’Brien said: “Ivan is absolutely fine, we just took him off as a precaution given the serious knee injury he had last season.

“Regan needs to do some training but I’ll see how he is and he might get half a game sometime this week.”

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