Molesley relishing challenge at Exeter City
Mark Molesley is desperate to make up for lost time after completing a switch to Exeter City last week.
The 31-year-old joined the Grecians after having his contract terminated by mutual consent at League One side Bournemouth, where he missed almost two years of football due to a freak foot injury.
That problem is a thing of the past for Moseley, who played five games on loan for Plymouth Argyle earlier this season.
Now, he wants to build on that loan spell and play his part in the Grecians' push for promotion this year.
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"I fractured my foot and I had an injection which didn't work, then I had an air boot for six weeks and that didn't work. I had an operation, which didn't work either, so from what seemed to be something that wasn't that bad turned into a complete nightmare for me," Molesley said.
"It ended up with me having career-saving surgery really as I have a screw in my foot now and it took a long time to come back from that.
"With the rehab as well, it was two years out for me, which is why I am keen to put that behind me and get out on the pitch because the foot is brilliant now.
"I feel as though I have missed a lot of time in football and I don't want to miss any more, I want to make the most of every opportunity I have got in my career really.
"I'm 31 now – I only came into the professional game at 27 – but I work hard off the pitch to look after myself and I hope I can put those two years on to the end of my career. It's two years where I wasn't wearing out other parts of my body. I very much think the best is still to come with me and I will be working hard to prove that."
Molesley played for a number of non-league clubs before Bournemouth gave him his opportunity in the Football League following a successful loan spell with the Cherries in 2008.
In all, he made 60 appearances for the club with the last of those coming on Boxing Day 2011.
Molesley ended last season on loan at Aldershot, where he made eight appearances and he then made a further six outings for Argyle in their battle to avoid relegation earlier this season. Molesley also played in the 1-1 draw between the two sides at St James' Park, where he became aware of the enormity of a Devon derby.
"I didn't quite realise how big it was until I got there and there were helicopters and police horses everywhere. It was quite a feisty affair, but I am well aware of that now," he said.
Molesley says it was with a heavy heart that he left Dean Court, but the need for first-team football and the offer from City was too good for him to turn down.
"I have worked hard to be fit and I want to carry on playing," he said. "Fortunately, Exeter City came in for me and I asked the manager [Eddie Howe] if I could speak to them. I have a good relationship with the manager at Bournemouth and he said that I could go and speak to them, so I was pleased really.
"I have come across Exeter a lot in my career and every time I have played them, I've been impressed. They play good football and produce quality players, so I have always been an admirer of Exeter as a football club.
"When they were interested in taking me, I was very much up for talking to them and seeing if we could arrange something.
"The people who have connections with the club who I spoke to at Bournemouth spoke very highly of the club and what they are trying to do and I also have the experience of playing against them.
"Once I spoke to the manager, I made my mind up that I definitely wanted to join."
Molesley certainly caught the eye when he played in that Devon derby for Argyle, while his loan spell at Home Park appears to have been a huge success. Members of the Green Army were saddened to see him go and it does seems that Argyle's loss is potentially Exeter's gain.
"I suppose that did help attract the interest from Exeter," Molesley said. "I was pleased to be playing some football at the time and put myself in the shop window.
"When I went there, I was very short of match fitness and needed to get some matches, so it was good for myself to get out and get that feeling of being on the pitch.
"I have worked so hard to get back and be out on the pitch and it was nice to have that opportunity. Now, I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and build on that loan spell here at Exeter."