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Knowles` a Defensive Bonus For Seagulls

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Craig Laird, manager of Skrill South club Weston-super-Mare, is still on the lookout for a central defender.

But he is not about to rush into anything after new signing Ollie Knowles announced himself with flying colours in games against Eastbourne Borough and Dorchester Town.

Signed from Exeter City to play in midfield, Knowles filled in at the heart of the back four in both matches and contributed to Weston’s first win and clean sheet of the campaign in Dorset in midweek, when Weston beat Dorchester 3-0.

“He came in and did extremely well,” said Laird, who is unlikely to tamper with his back four away to Havant & Waterlooville tomorrow.

“Although Ollie’s performances have been a bonus, it does not disguise the fact we are short of centre-halves.”

Laird is hoping a closer association with Sky Bet League One neighbours Bristol City will yield an opportunity to make a loan signing or two in the coming weeks.

He said: “We are forging closer links and I’ve been told there may be a possibility we could take a player from Bristol City.

“They have just appointed a new under-21 manager and he wants to have a good look at all the players before making any decisions.”

Meanwhile, Weston are expected to complete the signing of Welsh winger-cum-striker Leon Jeanne before the weekend.

A former Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers apprentice, the 32-year-old has since become a journeyman in Welsh non-League football.

He is available after leaving Welsh Premier side Carmarthen Town in the summer.

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