Former Dorchester Town midfielder Ollie Griggs admitted he would have liked “more of a chance” under manager Steve Thompson and is “upset” at his Magpies exit, the Dorset Echo report.

Griggs, who was in the final season of a two-year contract at the Clayson Stadium, left the club by mutual consent with immediate effect on Monday with 33 career appearances and a single goal.

Having been signed by previous boss Craig Laird, Griggs instantly endeared himself to Dorchester fans by heading the winner in a 1-0 victory over Basingstoke in the second game of last season.

However, the midfielder since struggled with injury and, after picking up a serious ankle infection from a summertime dip in the river, needed surgery to combat the issue.

Griggs’ pre-season preparations were eliminated and the youngster was loaned out to Winchester for a second time, having also spent time at Brockenhurst during Thompson’s tenure.

Speaking to Echosport following his departure, Griggs confessed his love for the Magpies and conceded his ankle was still an ongoing problem.

He said: “I’m a bit upset about leaving. I love the club and everyone who works for the club. It just didn’t work out in the end, there’s many reasons to it.”

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