Torquay United manager Gary Johnson - Credit: Pinnacle

'Please don't be anxious' about transfer dealings - Gary Johnson

Dave Thomas

Manager Gary Johnson has urged Torquay United fans not to worry about his close-season transfer dealings and to relax and enjoy the summer sunshine.

The Gulls are set to lose six players from Johnson's 'retained' list - Armani Little (Forest Green Rovers) and Danny Wright (Havant & Waterlooville) have already joined new clubs, while Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Joe Lewis, Ben Wynter and Shaun MacDonald are also leaving - and they have yet to make their first new signing.

While some other clubs have strengthened their squads, others are also waiting, almost certainly until July 1 for contractual reasons.

But Johnson stressed: "I understand how fans feel, and everyone knows how I feel about our supporters, but I would say to them 'Please don't be anxious - enjoy your summer, and at the right time we'll announce the players we are bringing in'.

"We've got commitments from four or five players, and I'm quite happy with what we've done so far.

"Some players and their agents are keeping a lot of plates spinning and their options open, and they may do that until quite late - that can work sometimes and sometimes not."

United are in the market for players in all departments.

But their budget calculations, and those of all other National League teams, may be influenced by likely new 'salary cap' rules.

The principle of having a cap was agreed by clubs a year ago, and it was discussed again at last weekend's AGM, but the league has made no announcement over the last couple of days.

It will almost certainly take the shape of a limit based on a percentage - 70% was touted last year - of a club's annual turnover.

United might well be one of the clubs holding fire on new signings until they know the exact detail of any new regulations.

Meanwhile, Torquay's NL rivals Notts County have appointed former Swindon Town manager and MK Dons and Swansea City assistant Luke Williams as their new head coach, with ex-Exeter City midfielder Ryan Harley as his No.2.

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