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James Dodd joins Weston-super-Mare on loan until January


Young Exeter City midfielder James Dodd has joined Southern League side Weston-super-Mare on loan until January.

The 20-year-old, who missed two consecutive seasons with two cruciate ligament injuries, has played for the first team twice, as well as starting all three U23 Premier League Cup games.

Dodd, another City academy product, has physically gone through the preseason and a spell unscathed, and now with the U23s having only one game over the next two months, and the depth of l The Greeks team is improving with newcomers and returns from injury he moved in the short term.

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“As soon as we get through this period of play, the players would be loaned out and that has always been the plan,” said city manager Matt Taylor.

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“We’re so happy where he is physically to get through the preseason and a few rebound games given what he’s been through in his career.

“Now he can hopefully play 20 odd games until Christmas on loan and get used to playing again on Saturday / Tuesday, and there might be a few others in the squad who will do the same.”

James Dodd of Exeter City during the Papa John’s Trophy match between Exeter City U23 and Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 at St James Park, Exeter on September 15th. Photo: Phil Mingo / PPAUK

Dodd will join the Seagulls until January and will be available immediately for the FA Cup second qualifying round game between Weston and Taunton Town at Optima Stadium.

Dodd joins Ellis Johnson and Cheick Diabate who are on loan at Truro City, while Jack Arthur is at Bideford and Jack Veale at Taunton Town for the remainder of 2021, and Alfie Pond on a short term loan at Tiverton Town, as youngsters gaining some vital experience, while Michael Lilley, Charlie Hanson and Nelson Iseguan, who probably wouldn’t be in the senior squad at this point, could join them soon.

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