Matty Holmes insisted it had been a “no-brainer” for ex-Football League goalkeeper Rhys Evans to sign up with Wimborne Town.

A former England under-21 international, Evans’s professional career took in spells at a string of clubs including Swindon Town, Blackpool, Millwall and Bradford City.

The stopper won promotion to the Championship with Blackpool in 2006-07 after making 32 appearances for the Seasiders during the League One campaign.

Following a recent stint as goalkeeping coach at Hereford, Evans relocated to the south coast. Although Southern Premier outfit Weymouth were interested in signing him, Evans elected to join the lower-division Magpies. And he is due to be in the squad for the trip to Paulton Rovers in Southern League West on Tuesday.

Holmes told the Daily Echo: “We’ve signed Rhys as cover for Gerard Benfield. With him being based in the Bournemouth area, it was a no-brainer to get involved with us.

“He has to work Saturdays and the odd Sunday so he has warned us his commitment will not be 100 per cent. But he is willing to play games when he can and wants to train to keep his eye in.”

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