Central midfielder Jacob Cane has returned to The Optima Stadium following his departure from Hereford FC.
The former Seagulls skipper signs a two-year deal with the club as he heads into a third spell at The Optima.
Manager Scott Bartlett said:
“This is another piece of good business for the club.
“Jacob is well known to us and is a good player who was desperate to come back to Weston-super-Mare.
“I enjoyed working with him back in the 2016/17 season and think we can get the best out of him again.
“He came in and helped us last season on loan from Hereford and although it wasn’t possible at the time to keep him permanently, we have kept talking and we are delighted to be able to add him to our group as we continue to build towards the start of the season.”
“I am really happy to be back.
“Having seen what the Gaffer and Lairdy are building, I wanted to be part of that. After being involved with the squad last season, it wasn’t a hard decision and I really think this squad and myself included can do something this season.
“It is a very professional set up and I’m delighted to be back
Cane joined the Exeter City academy at a young age and progressed up through the ranks with the Grecians, becoming an under-18 player at the start of the 2010-2011 season. While an under-18 player at Exeter, the midfielder was part of the side that reached the National League Youth Alliance cup final before he signed his first professional contract in May 2012. During 2012-2013, Cane made one appearance and was an unused substitute once for the Grecians.
In March 2013, Cane headed out on loan to Southern League Division One South & West side Poole Town for an initial month, which was then extended until the end of the season. While with Poole, Cane made 15 appearances, scoring two goals and getting two assists while being an unused substitute once as Poole won the Southern League Division One South & West title, Dorset Senior Cup and the Southern League Champions Cup.
In September 2013, Cane once again returned to Poole on a one-month loan, this time in the Southern League Premier Division, and made seven appearances for the Dolphins.
In March 2014, the midfielder went on loan to Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth for a month, which was then extended until the end of the season. For the Terras, the loanee made 11 appearances and got one assist, while being an unused substitute twice.
In May 2014, Cane was released by Exeter having made one appearance and been an unused substitute once for the first-team during his time at Exeter.
In the summer of 2014, Cane joined Weston for the first team and had a successful five years in BS24, having been made club captain from January 2018 and lifting the Somerset Premier Cup 2017-2018. Cane made 206 appearances for the Seagulls and was an unused substitute 14 times, as he scored 14 goals and assisted 21 goals during his first spell with the Seagulls.
In June 2019, Cane left the Seagulls and headed to National League North side Hereford FC, going on to be a regular during the early stages of their season.
He rejoined Weston on loan in November 2019, making ten appearances and assisting two goals over a two-month period before returning to Hereford in January.
Following the curtailed 2019-2020 season, Cane departed Hereford FC having made 23 appearances and being an unused substitute twice, scoring one goal and getting three assists during his time at Edgar Street.
We are delighted that Jacob has returned to the club and wish him the best with the Seagulls.