Gulls boss determined to give new signing Joe his chance

Torbay Weekly

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson is determined to give new signing Joe Felix a chance to prove that 'If You're Good Enough, You're Big Enough'.

Ex-Fulham and Queen's Park Rangers starlet Felix is the Gulls' latest signing, from National League South club Billericay Town, but Johnson says that the 5ft 5in youngster has been wrongly overlooked so far because of his size.

"Lads who are under about 5ft 6in sometimes need to find a manager the same size to believe in them,” said Johnson.

"Quite a few other managers have overlooked him, but he's been on our 'keep an eye on' list for the last couple of years.

"He may not be very big, but he's got pace and power, he's decent in the air for his size and he's a winner.

"We had him on the bench at the weekend and, although he didn't go on, he turned to me at the end and said 'Wow' at the game and the atmosphere.

"When I had Darren Way and my son Lee at Yeovil, people said we couldn't win the league with two little 'uns in midfield, but we did.

"I'm really looking forward to getting Joe properly fit and helping him reach his potential."

United have loaned out midfielders Jake Andrews to Havant & Waterlooville and Gabby Rogers to Truro City, Andrews after three-and-a-half years at Plainmoor.

New loanee Jack Sparkes from Exeter City made his debut in last Saturday's rousing 2-1 home victory over big-spending Stockport County, Johnson saying: "We asked Jack to forsake his usual game to play for us on the right rather than the left, and he took it on board without hesitation.

"For our tactics to work, both our wing-backs, Jack and Dan Martin, had to play well, and I thought they were fantastic."

It felt like a 'statement' victory over the Hatters, following a 2-1 win at Weymouth seven days before. Sinclair Armstrong forced an OG and skipper Asa Hall scored a well-struck penalty in first-half stoppage-time.

The Gulls travel to NL South Tonbridge Angels in the FA Trophy Third Round this Saturday (3pm).