Mehew: Gloucester City have moved on from Weir saga
GLOUCESTER City's players began pre-season training last night, but long-term target Tyler Weir was not among the returning Tigers.
The 21-year-old defender (inset) has turned down the offer to sign permanently for his home-town club, despite impressing in two loan spells.
Weir is expected to join City's Blue Square Bet North rivals Worcester City, the club at which he spent the second half of last season on loan.
While disappointed to miss out on Weir's signature, City boss Dave Mehew is happy enough with the strength of his squad approaching their fourth season of Blue Square Bet North football.
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"It's a blow to lose out on getting Tyler, but that's football sometimes," Mehew said.
"Had we got him in we would have had an extra bit of flexibility in the squad as he can play in a number of positions.
"As it is we still have some flexibility with players like Jack Harris able to do a job in more than one position, so we're happy enough with the squad.
"The frustrating thing is that we gave Tyler his identity as a full-back by playing him in that position and developing him there.
"Now another club is going to benefit from that, but we have to move on and draw a line under the situation now."
If, as expected, Weir does sign for Worcester he will face-up to his former team-mates in a festive double-header next term.
Gloucester and Worcester face each other on Boxing Day at St George's Lane and on New Year's Day at Whaddon Road.
City kick-off the season with one of their longest trips of the term, to deepest Lincolnshire to face Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday, August 18.
Mehew was a keen viewer of the fixture list yesterday, as he hoped the computer would avoid dealing his team a nightmare month, like they endured in March this year.
The Tigers had four of their longest trips of the term crammed into a four-week period that had Mehew tearing his hear out.
"Thankfully, we've avoided the nightmare scenario of last season when we had a March from hell," Mehew said.
"It doesn't look too bad a list at all and all of the longer trips are spread about the season, which helps us out."