Paul Wotton delighted to have Dean Moxey back at Torquay United

New Torquay United manager Paul Wotton says it is good to have Dean Moxey on board after the 38-year-old defender signed a one-year deal to remain to become a player-coach.

Moxey, who became just one of four players to return to the club for pre-season training last week that were at Plainmoor last season, was the latest player to sign for the new manager, and he got the loudest cheer when he was revealed at the Princess Theatre on Friday night where more than 1,000 fans turned out to watch a special performance of football advisor Neil Warnock’s ‘Are You With Me?’ show.

Fans have long speculated about Moxey’s return and after two more players were revealed on Friday – defender Jordan Dyer and midfielder Dan Hayfield, both with Bath City last season – Moxey came out on stage to join his 14 other teammates, Warnock, the manager, comedian host Charlie Baker and former Soccer AM presenter Helen Chamberlain. The evening was a celebration of the new era under the Bryn Consortium, and the Moxey reveal was the added extra.

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Wotton said: “He is obviously taking the next step in his career and kind of dipping his toe into a little bit of coaching. First and foremost I see him as a player and it’s a no-brainer for me, he is still in good condition, he is still fit and played a hell of a lot of games last year.

"Experience is always something that is very difficult to sign - so it’s a no-brainer, and he knows the club inside out, and I need help with that as well. It is good to have him on board.”

Defender Dyer, 24, played 10 games for his hometown club exeter -city-fc>Exeter City, while gaining some good experience at Bideford, Tiverton Town, Chippenham Town and Yeovil Town before two loan spells at Bath led to a permanent move there in 2022.
His performances over the last two seasons at Bath caught Wotton’s attention and the defender is now a Gull. He has signed a two-year deal.

Hayfield, 27, is another former Exeter trainee who has carved out a decent career in non-league football – specifically at Tiverton Town and then Bath. He has signed a one-year deal.

The 16 players on Torquay ’s books so far then are – Goalkeeper: James Hamon; Defenders: Dean Moxey, Austen Booth, Finlay Craske, Ed Palmer, Jay Foulston, Sam Dreyer, Matt Carson, Jordan Dyer; Midfielder: Oscar Threlkeld, Dan Hayfield, Lirak Hasani, Roddy Collins; Strikers: Brad Ash, Ben Seymour, Jaydn Crosbie.

Wotton said last week that he probably has enough defenders now, but there will be a couple more signings to come. There is only one goalkeeper right now, so a second shotstopper may be a priority. Plus, midfield and up front could probably do with being strengthened by another player or two. But Wotton says things are going well.

He said: “The boys have come back really fit and they are all looking very strong. I would much rather be out there coaching than sat in an office – definitely. It feels like it has been very, very office-based for the last three-four weeks. Now it is back into it, the days are flying by. It’s good. We still have a couple of players to bring in, we know that, but overall I am really happy with where we are.”