Yeovil confirmed the fourth signing on the season yesterday with Stephane Zubar signing on the dotted line from Weymouth.
It’s a move that’s left Yeovil fans scratching their heads and Weymouth fans frothing at the mouth.
Zubar’s previous clubs include Bournemouth and Plymouth (must be something about ‘mouth clubs) although injury woes have resulted in him dropping down the divisions over the years. He was part of Bournemouth’s squad that flew through the divisions to the Premier League, however he played no part on the pitch in those seasons.
Darren Way told the official website: “In any team you need experience and Stephane has it in abundance. He is very honest and hardworking. We’re looking forward to seeing him in the green and white. He was a very popular at Bournemouth and I’m sure he’ll be a favourite here.”
It’s very much last chance saloon for Zubar to get himself back into the football league and could be a good deal for all parties. It adds experience within the defensive ranks and with a one-year contract there’s minimal risk.
Until he’s on the pitch you cannot cast judgement at this level. Yeovil Town fans should know this better than most with signings such as Nathan Smith (Potters Bar) and Adam Stansfield (Elmore) in recent history.
Weymouth’s Assistant manager, Paul Maitland, told the Dorset Echo: “We’re disappointed. We’ve known for about 10 days that it was likely to happen. It’s worth remembering that there was always this chance that it could happen.
“He’s been very honest that he’s been looking to get back into professional football. He’s said over the summer the only way he’d leave us is if professional football came his way and we can’t begrudge him that now it has.
“It’s with a heavy heart that he’s taken that decision. He’s spoken at length to myself and Mark about it. He feels it’s the last chance he’s got to go back into professional football.”
Ultimately, Weymouth are gutted and Yeovil Town fans should take solace in that.
The friendly with Bristol Rovers has been rearranged to be played at Huish Park on the 25th of July rather than the Memorial Ground.
Elsewhere there’s some important reading here about former Glover Steven Caulker who’s opened up about battling depression. It really is must read.