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Molesley added to Grecians' midfield

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 19, 2013

Exeter City

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Former Plymouth Argyle loan signing Mark Molesley has signed a contract with Exeter City until the end of the season, after leaving AFC Bournemouth.

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale made his move for Molesley, 31, following a long-term ankle injury to midfielder Liam Sercombe.

Tisdale had been impressed by Molesley when he lined up for Argyle in their 1-1 npower League Two draw against the Grecians at St James' Park last month. Molesley played six times for the Pilgrims, including four starts, after signing on loan from Bournemouth in November.

Molesley signed for Exeter, whose League Two game at Bristol Rovers today has been postponed, after his contract at Bournemouth was terminated by mutual consent.

Tisdale said: "Mark has always been a tough competitor whenever he has played against us and will offer us an immediate solution to the void left by the absence of Liam on the right side of midfield. He will bring strength and know-how to the team."

Molesley was one of Eddie Howe's first signings as Bournemouth manager in January 2009, after a previous loan spell at the club.

He played a key part in the Cherries escaping relegation from the Football League the same season, but was plagued by injury after that.

Howe admitted he was sad to see Molesley leave Bournemouth. He said: "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."

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