Weston-super-Mare strengthen squad ahead of visit from East Thurrock United

PUBLISHED: 12:41 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:41 24 March 2017

Scott Bartlett.

Scott Bartlett.

Archant

Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett has added to his 18-man strong squad ahead of the visit of East Thurrock United to The Woodspring Stadium tomorrow (Saturday).

Goalkeeper Phil Smith has been welcomed as additional cover for the ever-present Luke Purnell and Theo Wharton has joined on loan from Cardiff City.

Experienced Smith, aged 37, has made hundreds of football league appearances and is currently signed to National League South side Aldershot Town and Bartlett said the cover is crucial.

He said: “We thought it would be sensible to add some experienced cover in this area in case of Luke picking up an injury, or even if we are approached regarding Luke by another team, who has been in outstanding form.

“Smith is an extremely experienced goalkeeper and is a good character, I know he will be ready if and when he is called upon. He is known to us and provides perfect cover for Luke, who as I’ve said has been exceptional.”

In contrast, 22-year-old midfielder Wharton has joined the Seagulls, having represented England at under-17 level.

Despite interest from higher-level clubs, Wharton heads to The Woodspring Stadium hoping for some first team experience.

Bartlett added: “Theo is an exciting player with genuine quality. He is an energetic box-to-box midfield player with a good passing range.

“We are delighted he has decided to join us considering he had offers from clubs much higher in the football pyramid.

“His ability aside, he showed a real desire to join us here at Weston, that was important for me. Again this highlights that players now see the club as a place they can both develop and improve. I see this as an enormous compliment to both the coaching staff and the whole club.

“With seven league games and the cup game against Brislington to play, we thought it would be sensible to add one more to our squad to be able to add someone of Theo’s quality is a real boost.

“It’s a compliment that Neil Warnock and James McCarthy at Cardiff trust us to develop their players and I’d like to thank them for that.”

Weston welcome East Thurrock United tomorrow for a 3pm kick-off as the Seagulls look to halt their five-match losing run.

For live coverage of the match – and exclusive post-match interviews – follow @WSMERCURY on Twitter and online at www.westonmercury.co.uk/sport

More from Weston Mercury

A woman has been injured after colliding with a car in Weston this morning (Thursday).

Read more

An accident involving two cars in Worle has resulted in slow moving traffic this morning (Thursday).

Read more

The prospect of Weston’s Tropicana being transformed into an ‘entertainment hub’ courtesy of a £1million investment have moved forward this week.

Read more

A Priory Community School (PCSA) teacher has been cooking up tasty treats on a national cooking television programme.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:56

Hard-working sailing volunteers from Clevedon and Yatton will have a royal appointment this week to recognise decades of service.

Read more
Clevedon Yatton
Yesterday, 17:58

One of the world’s best mountain climbers inspired hundreds of students with his heroic feats and stories.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Volunteers hoping to make a busy road which connects Weston to Bristol safer for motorists and pedestrians have called on villagers to get involved.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:38

More than 90 competitors wowed audiences with ballroom, Latin and classic dance performances in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:29

Wu Shu Ky Freestyle Kickboxing Club under the guidance of 6th Dan Master Silvio Camilleri, has returned to Weston.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

A support group for people struggling with depression and anxiety has launched, and the woman behind it hopes to ‘fill a gap’ in North Somerset’s mental health services.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists