Weymouth’s new signings all feature in Frome victory

WEYMOUTH new signings Gareth Stewart, Jordan Rose and Antonio Diaz all featured in the Terras’ 3-1 Evo-Stik Southern Premier win at Frome Town in the week.

Experienced 37-year-old goalkeeper Stewart has joined on non-contract terms; Rose penned a month’s loan deal from
Havant and Waterlooville, and Diaz has come in on a ‘work experience’ deal from Premier League neighbours AFC Bournemouth.

Capped by England at under-21 level, Stewart, who started out as an outfield player and was on Bounemouth’s books for nine years, spent four years as goalkeeper coach at Yeovil Town before leaving the club in April 2015.

He re-joined the Cherries’ staff in December that year, working with the club’s under-15s. Weymouth boss Mark Molesley was also on the Bournemouth staff at the time.

It was at Blackburn Rovers that his goalkeeping prowess was first spotted. He later played 163 senior games for Bournemouth before being released in 2008. Spells with Dorchester Town, Welling United and Yeovil followed before he took up coaching.

Rose, a much-travelled 27-year-old midfielder, returns to Weymouth where he spent part of the 2009-10 season, making 21 appearances.

Originally with Bournemouth, he has also had spells with Bashley, Stockport County, Hereford United, Hayes and Yeading United, Telford United, Tamworth, Whitehawk and Hemel Hempstead Town before playing for Havant last season.

Dorchester-born Diaz has been with the Cherries since he was eight years old. He has been moving up the age groups and played with the under-21s as they reached the Hampshire Senior Cup final, and also was a regular in the under-18s’ Youth Alliance Cup success.

He has played as a left wing-back for the under-21s and has also been deployed on both wings and in the No.10 role.

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