Mark Molesley targets swift return to third tier
MARK Molesley has set his sights on returning to League One football as quickly as possible after signing for Exeter City until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old midfielder joined the club after his contract with League One Bournemouth was cancelled by mutual consent.
However, Molesley is confident of a return to the third tier of English football as he says the Grecians have given themselves a great chance of promotion.
"I'm looking first of all to get into the team and then to consistently play well for the team," said Molesley, who has been hampered by a foot injury over the past two years.
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"But, the long-term aim and the aim for the season is to get promoted. The lads have got themselves in a great position and it is going to be an exciting end to the season."
Molesley's move stems from a couple of games he has played against City this season.
Having suffered an injury-plagued 2011/12 season with Bournemouth, the right-sided midfielder was in the Cherries' reserve side that played out a 1-1 draw with City reserves at the Cat & Fiddle training ground in November.
Molesley was then loaned to Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle and visited St James's Park in December, where he also impressed in another 1-1 draw.
"I suppose those games did help attract interest from Exeter," said Molesely. "When the manager (Paul Tisdale) enquired about me, I spoke to the Bournemouth manager (Eddie Howe) about trying to make the deal happen.
"Bournemouth are flying high and I didn't want to be in and around the bench and not getting too much game time. I was keen to get out and play some football."
Molesely added that his own experiences of playing against Exeter, both at Bournemouth and a number of non-league clubs, also convinced him that a move to St James's Park was the right option.
"I played against them in the Conference and League One and Two and we always had good games against them," he said.
"I also played against them during my time at Plymouth and I knew they had a good, quality bunch of players here so I was really keen to get down here and get involved.
"I know the gaffer also likes to play attractive football and likes to play the game the right way.
"When I had the chance to move, I knew I would rather play for a team that tries to play the right way and somewhere where I will enjoy my football."
Speaking about the signing, City manager Paul Tisdale said: "Obviously I knew his CV and I knew before this season he had an injury for a season, but to see him play in those games (against Exeter City) we knew he was a very effective player.
"We also of course had scout reports on the Plymouth team before we played them and he was always marked as the stand-out player.
"I think he will slot in very well and he will give us some real athleticism and he'll be a real competitor in our team for the rest of the season."