Torquay United goalkeeper Lucas Covolan has returned from holiday with his family in Brazil, and he is currently serving out a two-week ‘quarantine’ period in line with Covid-19 restrictions.

Covolan, 27, flew to South America in May but United manager Gary Johnson reports: “Lucas is well, he’s got a few days of self-isolating to go and it’s good that he’s back.”

The rest of Torquay’s pro squad have remained in the UK, but United gave Covolan permission to travel home as he had not seen most of his family for a year.

Johnson added: “Thankfully, we’ve still got a clean bill of health in our squad - no one has had any (virus) symptoms.

“They’re all still working hard and, judging by their individual ‘stats’, they will be really fit when we all come back for pre-season training.”

GOALIE ‘IN THE FOLD’

Young Gulls goalie Andy Collings may not have won a pro contract this year but manager Gary Johnson says he remains very much ‘in the fold’.

Ex-Torquay Academy student Collings, 19, was a sub several times last season without seeing any action, and he’s worked regularly with senior duo Lucas Covolan and Shaun MacDonald.

“We are trying to help Andy get a club at a good level,” said Johnson.

“He’s a talented goalkeeper, but young players don’t become experienced until they get plenty of games, and that’s often difficult especially for keepers.”

PLAINMOOR CONNECTION

There was a strong ‘Plainmoor Connection’ to Northampton Town’s 4-0 L2 play-off final win over Exeter City at a behind-closed-doors Wembley this week.

Torquay-born striker Callum Morton, 20, earned more rave reviews, scoring a third opportunist goal in the play-offs.

But the Cobblers are also managed by ex-Gulls player (1983-84) and manager (2007) Keith Curle and their chairman is Kelvin Thomas, who ‘advised’ former owner Thea Bristow in 2015.