Torquay United signings continue to roll in

The rolling wave of new signings at Torquay United since the transfer embargo was lifted at the weekend has been something to savour for the club's fans after the lows of the recent past.

Out of administration, Torquay supporters can look forward to a celebratory pre-season like few others, with games against fellow Devon teams Buckland Athletic, Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Tiverton Town already lined up, and a couple more expected to be announced soon.

So as these new signings roll in - each one announced brilliantly with those quirky little videos made by Will Hancox - here's a reminder of who has signed so far, beginning with the only player that was already on the books from last season.

Austen Booth (defender) 26
Booth signed for the Gulls in February and played an important part in the run-in, with his goal in the last game against Havant & Waterlooville a blockbuster that won him the club's Goal of the Season award. The son of former Gulls defender Jon Gittens, Booth came to his hometown from Taunton Town after spells with Barnstaple Town and Buckland Athletic on loan from Truro City, and stints at Tiverton Town and Plymouth Parkway.

Jay Foulston (defender) 23
Centre back Foulston was Paul Wotton's first signing, joining the club after helping Yeovil Town win the National League South title last season while on loan from Taunton Town. Foulston is a Welshman who started out at Newport County and had loan spells at Merthyr Town and Chippenham Town before joining Taunton in 2020. He played another game on loan at Chippenham before joining Yeovil and playing 20 games for the Glovers.
Contract: Two years

Finley Craske (defender) 21
Craske is a defender who was at Torquay last season but his time was hit by injury problems and he missed the end of the campaign. Craske, who is from Wadebridge, played under Wotton at Truro, where he was on loan from Plymouth. Wotton says he has known Craske since he was a nine or 10 year old and likes him a lot. He signed as a professional at Plymouth in 2020 and had loan spells at Tiverton, Plymouth Parkway, Yeovil Town and Truro. Gary Johnson brought him to Plainmoor for the start of last season.
Contract: One year

Oscar Threlkeld (midfielder) 30
Wotton has brought Manchester-born Threlkeld to Torquay to be a midfielder, although he has also played in defence for various clubs since making his debut for Bolton Wanderers in 2014. A loan spell at Plymouth followed, and he signed permanently for the Pilgrims in 2016, when Wotton was the assistant manager there. He joined Belgium club Waasland-Beveren in 2018 before returning to Plymouth on loan. In 2019 he signed for Salford City and in 2021 Bradford City. He went on loan to Oldham Athletic last season before finishing off playing a couple of games for Morecambe.
Contract: One year

James Hamon (goalkeeper) 28
Hamon comes to Torquay from Truro where he has been the No 1 for Wotton over recent seasons. Guernsey born, Hamon was picked up by Exeter City in 2013 and played 27 games for the Grecians, while also going out on loan to Hayes & Yeading United and Gloucester City - before joining Truro in 2019. With Truro not playing because of coronavirus >Covid 19, he joined Torquay on loan in 2021 during an injury crisis and came on as a substitute in a 2-1 win at Solihull Moors.
Contract: One year

Jadyn Crosbie (striker) 20
Young striker Crosbie scored 37 goals in 48 games for Mangotsfield United in the Premier Division of the Hellenic League last season - 49% of his team's goals. He is a physically strong striker and Torquay had competition to sign him. It will be interesting to see how the six-foot-two goalscorer develops under Wotton.
Contract: Two years

Sam Dreyer (defender) 20
Dreyer comes to Torquay after playing 16 games as a centre back at National League South level with Hampton & Richmond Borough last season. He was on loan from Peterborough United, the club he joined from Bedford Town following spells with a number of clubs after leaving Stevenage. Dreyer's dad John played five loan games for the Gulls in the 1985-86 season when he was at Oxford United. Dreyer senior went on to have a long career in the game and he is currently the assistant manager at Burton Albion.
Contract: Two years

Lirak Hasani (midfielder) 21
Young midfielder Hasani joined his local team Doncaster Rovers in 2019 and made his debut when he was just 16. In 2021 he spent spells on loan at Gateshead, Matlock Town and Bashford United, before signing for Gateshead properly in 2022. There were more loan spells at Boston United and South Shields. It's a long way to come so Wotton must think the miles will be worth it.

Roddy Collins (midfielder) 29
Versatile Irishman was a key player for Chesham United last year as they won promotion from the Southern League to the National League South. He started his career in Ireland with Monaghan United, moving to Athlone Town, Derry City, Drogheda and Waterford followed, before being signed by Hemel Hempstead Town. Collins has also played for Hayes & Yeading and Kings Langley before he became the engine room at Chesham last season.
Contract: One year