Goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald - Credit: Torquay United

MacDonald among six players leaving the Gulls

Dave Thomas

Player Of The Year Shaun MacDonald is among six players who are set to leave Torquay United this summer.

Manager Gary Johnson, giving his first update of close-season contract talks, revealed that goalkeeper MacDonald, ever-present defender Ben Wynter and veteran centre-forward Danny Wright have decided to leave.

That's in addition to midfielders Armani Little and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and defender Joe Lewis, who had already turned down new deals.

It's not certain that Lewis will be going, because the 22-year-old Welshman would, as he is under 24, be the subject of a 'compensation' case if any club comes in for him.

"Ben and Danny have made their decisions for family reasons - they want to be closer to their folks in London and Gloucester," said Johnson.

"Shaun has set his hopes on playing in the EFL.  They have all been great servants, and I hope they all get what they're looking for.

"We are excited about the players we'll be bringing in - talented people who will become 'marquee' players to the Torquay fans."

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson - Credit: Pinnacle
Torquay United manager Gary Johnson - Credit: Pinnacle

Johnson, just back from a short 'working' holiday, confirmed that new deals have been agreed with skipper Asa Hall, defenders Dean Moxey, Ali Omar and Dan Martin, midfielder Tom Lapslie and young pros Olaf Koszela and Alex Moyse.

Goalkeeper Mark Halstead, Keelan O'Connell and Gabby Rogers were already under contract for next season, and Johnson confirmed that at least two of last season's treble-winning Youth team are likely to be offered first senior deals.

United had also tried to keep Academy goalkeeper Matt Wonnacott, but he's now joined Championship club Wigan Athletic.