MARK Molesley is hoping to rekindle the “great relationship” Weymouth had with Cherries during his previous time in charge of the club.

Molesley is back at the Terras and gearing up for another season in National League South.

During his previous spell as Terras boss, between 2017 and 2020, Molesley combined his duties with a coaching role in Cherries’ academy.

In that time he guided Weymouth up from the Southern League, utilising loans from Cherries, such as Mark Travers and Jaidon Anthony.

Following spells at Southend United, Aldershot Town, Gosport Borough and Hayes & Yeading United, Molesley returned to Weymouth in April and is building his squad for the new campaign.

Discussing the loan relationship between Weymouth and Cherries, the latter a club he played more than 50 games for between 2008 and 2011, Molesley told the Dorset Echo: “It’s going to be key.

“I think it was an important part last time and we forged a great relationship with Bournemouth.

“The record we had of loans and how we used it and utilised it was quite unrivalled.

“It was probably a milestone for a lot of clubs who are trying to recreate that themselves.

“We’re certainly going to have to revisit that. We need to get those relationships up and running again, because they’re so key.

“There’s so much to benefit from on both sides. We’ve got to steal any advantage we can, and utilise that.

“It worked well but it has to be with the right players. This is a very unforgiving league.

“With needing a larger squad and the budget constraints, the loan market will be vital.”

Cherries take a young side to Bob Lucas Stadium for a friendly on Saturday, July 27 (2pm), Molesley coming up against former teammate Alan Connell, in charge of the development squad.

Both were part of the 'Greatest Escape' season of 2008-09.