Torquay United manager Gary Johnson - Credit: Pinnacle

Gary Johnson expected to announce retained list this weekend

Jim Parker

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson will waste no time announcing his retained list once Sunday’s final game of the season at Southend United is out of the way (writes Dave Thomas).

The Gulls are expected to reveal who’s staying at Plainmoor and who’s going on Monday.

And, after the club released its 2022-2023 admission prices this week, Johnson is hoping to tie up his first few summer signings early, to help season ticket sales.

Negotiations with current players have gathered pace this week, before and since Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Stockport County, with Johnson saying: “You owe it to players to tell them if they’re not getting a contract.

“There are some we’ve offered contracts to and have declined. There are some who have probably decided to leave, and there are some who haven’t quite decided yet.

“If you’re still in with a chance of getting into the Play-Offs, we may not have had to do that this week – we may have waited.

“We’re doing what you have to do every year. It gives you an opportunity to get out there and start negotiating with others, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Johnson, who will spend Saturday ‘managing one of the teams at Yeovil Town’s annual Adam Stansfield Memorial Match, looks like being without at least five senior players at Southend.

United were already missing Dean Moxey, Tom Lapslie and Asa Hall before the Stockport game, and both goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald and Armani Little had to go off at Edgeley Park.

Mark Halstead took over in goal at half-time for his first league appearance since September, and he made a series of good saves to keep United in the match.

Hall has a broken nose, sustained in last weekend’s 2-0 home win over Chesterfield. He also has a hairline fracture in his cheekbone, but it will not require surgery.

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