Date: Mon 06 Aug 2018

By David Simpson

McQuoid Signs for Weymouth

Ex Pro becomes a Terra

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division South club Weymouth have announced the signing of three more players in Josh McQuoid, Antonio Diaz and Matt Casey.

McQuoid has been involved with the Terras throughout pre-season having left Vanarama National League side Aldershot Town at the end of last season.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international, who can also play as a striker, ended a loan spell at Torquay United from then-SkyBet League Two side Luton Town in December 2017 having played against The Shots in December, and earlier in January featured for the Hatters in their Checkatrade Trophy tie against Peterborough United.

In total, he scored 8 goals in 45 games for The Hatters before they released him in the January 2018 transfer window when he signed for The Shots on a deal until the end of the 2017/18 season.

McQuoid, who made his senior debut with AFC Bournemouth in 2007, has made over 270 career appearances, including 37 in the Championship, and was joint top scorer for the Cherries in League One in 2010/11 with 12 goals from just 18 appearances. This form earned him five caps for Northern Ireland in 2010 and 2011.

The Southampton-born winger has also played for Millwall, who paid a fee of £550,000 for his services, Burnley, Peterborough United, for whom he scored in a Football League Trophy Final victory at Wembley, Coventry City and Stevenage.



Diaz had a spell at the club on loan to the Terras from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth at the start of last season before the winger spent two separate loan periods at The Avenue Stadium later last term on loan with neighbours and league rivals Dorchester Town.

Diaz, who had been with the Cherries since he was 8 years old, comes from a footballing background with his dad, Tony Diaz, appearing more than 400 times for Dorchester Town.

Casey joins on `work experience` from League One side Portsmouth.

Casey was handed a third-year scholarship in May 2018, following a fruitful two-year spell within Pompey's under-18s.

The big centre-half signed a two-year apprenticeship in July 2016.

The local youngster has been tipped for a bright future within the game by development bosses at Fratton Park.

He was an unused substitute in the Portsmouth squad that beat Northampton Town 2-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy second round in December 2017, and subsequently for a handful of League One fixtures.

He comes in after impressing the Terras` management team in pre-season.