Cherries: Molesley completes Exeter move

MARK Molesley has, in the past few minutes, finalised his move to League Two side Exeter City.

The Cherries midfielder joins the Grecians on a contract until the end of the season having reached an agreement with Cherries to terminate his deal at Dean Court.

Molesley was one of Eddie Howe’s first permanent signings in 2009 having originally signed on loan from Grays Athletic under Jimmy Quinn.

But despite having been a key figure during the club’s dramatic escape from relegation that season, the past three years of Molesley’s time in Dorset have been overshadowed by injury.

The popular Londoner is understood to have impressed boss Paul Tisdale when he lined up for Plymouth against the Grecians in last month’s derby.

As well as the Pilgrims, the 31-year-old had also served Aldershot on loan.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe told the Echo: “Exeter are gaining, first and foremost, someone who is 100 per cent committed to his football.

“He has got this freshness and energy about him which belies his age. He plays and trains like he is a lot younger than his 31 years but he is also a very good player and is, technically, very good.

“He is certainly an attacking threat from midfield and he will score goals, so I think he will do very well for them.”

All-action midfielder Molesley scored five goals in 60 Cherries appearances, 42 of which came in the starting XI.

Howe added: “It is a really difficult one for us. We love Mark to bits both as a person and a player.

“We will always be very fond of him for what he achieved here, especially during our Great Escape season.

“But from his perspective and our perspective, I think it is best, at this moment, if we unfortunately go our separate ways and that Mark starts his career afresh somewhere else.

“He has been really unfortunate with injuries for the past couple of years. He has worked extremely hard to get himself fit - he is now fit - and he did really well at Plymouth.

“But with the bodies we have in midfield, we think it is best now for Mark, especially being out of contract at the end of the season, that he looks to extend his career somewhere else.”

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

canfordcherry says...

Not only have we lost a great on field talent, pre-injury, but also someone who gave up a lot of his time working in the community while in recovery. He seemed to be everywhere working on behalf of this club. I hope it goes well at Exeter and he can utilise his skills. A great professional in these days when you normally only see the bad ones!
Not only have we lost a great on field talent, pre-injury, but also someone who gave up a lot of his time working in the community while in recovery. He seemed to be everywhere working on behalf of this club. I hope it goes well at Exeter and he can utilise his skills. A great professional in these days when you normally only see the bad ones! canfordcherry
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1:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

canfordcherry wrote:
Not only have we lost a great on field talent, pre-injury, but also someone who gave up a lot of his time working in the community while in recovery. He seemed to be everywhere working on behalf of this club. I hope it goes well at Exeter and he can utilise his skills. A great professional in these days when you normally only see the bad ones!
I can only wholely agree with your post. Moles is a Top Bloke and can't thank him enough for ALL he did.... All the Best Mark, ALWAYS a "Cherry"... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: Not only have we lost a great on field talent, pre-injury, but also someone who gave up a lot of his time working in the community while in recovery. He seemed to be everywhere working on behalf of this club. I hope it goes well at Exeter and he can utilise his skills. A great professional in these days when you normally only see the bad ones![/p][/quote]I can only wholely agree with your post. Moles is a Top Bloke and can't thank him enough for ALL he did.... All the Best Mark, ALWAYS a "Cherry"... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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1:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Dont have short memorys says...

Sad but the time was right for Moles to move on he is not the Playerhe was and we are looking upwards rather than trying to avoid going downwards but that said all credit to hm for getting back to a good fitness level and the best of luck at Exeter
Sad but the time was right for Moles to move on he is not the Playerhe was and we are looking upwards rather than trying to avoid going downwards but that said all credit to hm for getting back to a good fitness level and the best of luck at Exeter Dont have short memorys
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3:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Slem_1990 says...

All the best to Mark Molesley (three years and I'm still not sure how to spell his name). A great servant despite the limited time spent on the pitch. With any luck he'll be back in League 1 next season with Exeter. Our loss is their gain and, given that I now live down in Exeter, I shall look forward to seeing some of his mazy runs at St James' Park soon enough!
All the best to Mark Molesley (three years and I'm still not sure how to spell his name). A great servant despite the limited time spent on the pitch. With any luck he'll be back in League 1 next season with Exeter. Our loss is their gain and, given that I now live down in Exeter, I shall look forward to seeing some of his mazy runs at St James' Park soon enough! Slem_1990
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3:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Luffbracherry says...

Great player for AFCB - glad Moles has found a decent club and manager. HOWEVER no pony tail at Exeter please!
Great player for AFCB - glad Moles has found a decent club and manager. HOWEVER no pony tail at Exeter please! Luffbracherry
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5:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13

ebh&cmummy says...

Wish u all the best mark. Ur a top bloke with a wonderful family. Thank you for making my boys happy they loved their holiday back in October, we will always be great full :). Steph Chris and boys x
Wish u all the best mark. Ur a top bloke with a wonderful family. Thank you for making my boys happy they loved their holiday back in October, we will always be great full :). Steph Chris and boys x ebh&cmummy
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6:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

All the best Mark, afcb memory bank will always store the last minute winner you scored at Daggenham, huge part that had in keeping the club in the league. Wish you well for the rest of your career, good luck and thanks for the memories,
All the best Mark, afcb memory bank will always store the last minute winner you scored at Daggenham, huge part that had in keeping the club in the league. Wish you well for the rest of your career, good luck and thanks for the memories, jakeysredd
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11:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Alumchiner says...

jakeysredd wrote:
All the best Mark, afcb memory bank will always store the last minute winner you scored at Daggenham, huge part that had in keeping the club in the league. Wish you well for the rest of your career, good luck and thanks for the memories,
Got to agree, I remember thinking and watching and listening to every second in the belief that we could possibly stay up (hoping) and watching sky sports news when details of that goal V Dagenham came through.......... it seemed as if it was about 11.30pm with about 35 mins of extra time.....I also think he played with his heart on his sleeve for us and good or bad you can't ask more than that of any player to wear our strip. Good luck Mark and thanks, AFCB fans will always have fond memories of all your hard work and that very very important goal that kept us in the league.
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: All the best Mark, afcb memory bank will always store the last minute winner you scored at Daggenham, huge part that had in keeping the club in the league. Wish you well for the rest of your career, good luck and thanks for the memories,[/p][/quote]Got to agree, I remember thinking and watching and listening to every second in the belief that we could possibly stay up (hoping) and watching sky sports news when details of that goal V Dagenham came through.......... it seemed as if it was about 11.30pm with about 35 mins of extra time.....I also think he played with his heart on his sleeve for us and good or bad you can't ask more than that of any player to wear our strip. Good luck Mark and thanks, AFCB fans will always have fond memories of all your hard work and that very very important goal that kept us in the league. Alumchiner
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7:10am Sat 19 Jan 13

oxoncherry2 says...

A very outgoing player who has, sadly, outgone.
A very outgoing player who has, sadly, outgone. oxoncherry2
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