Rivals Exeter snap up Molesley
FORMER Argyle loan signing Mark Molesley has signed a contract with Exeter City until the end of the season after leaving Bournemouth.
Exeter boss Paul Tisdale made his move for Molesley, 31, following a long-term ankle injury to Liam Sercombe.
Tisdale had been impressed by Molesley when he lined up for Argyle in their 1-1 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.
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His last appearance came as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers on January 1. Argyle manager Carl Fletcher was sacked immediately after that game.
Molesley signed for Exeter 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 her, 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 and that Mark starts his career afresh somewhere else.
"He has been really unfortunate with injuries for the past couple of years. He has worked extremely hard to get himself fit – he is now fit – and he did really well at Plymouth.
"But with the bodies we have in midfield, we think it is best now for Mark, especially being out of contract at the end of the season, that he looks to extend his career somewhere else."