£15,000 'compensation' as Nemane leaves Torquay United
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Torquay United have negotiated a 'compensation' fee, believed to be around £15,000, for winger Aaron Nemane, who has followed former Gulls teammate Kyle Cameron to National League rivals Notts County.
In a week when United completed seven new signings of their own, 23-year-old Nemane has become the fifth player to turn down a new contract at Plainmoor - he has signed a two-year deal at Meadow Lane.
Manager Gary Johnson, who welcomed his new-look squad back for training on Monday, said: "We felt we had more work we wanted to do with Aaron, but he wanted to go. We wish him good luck."
The compensation for Nemane, 23, who was injured from February onwards, would have been more if he had been with United for longer than 18 months.
A free transfer in December 2019, he made 32 appearances and scored four goals.
Notts, beaten by Torquay in last month's play-offs, and Stockport County have emerged as the two biggest spenders in the National League.
Notts have exercised that clout for Cameron and now Nemane, while Stockport have done the same for winger Ben Whitfield, and also for ex-NL title-winning centre-forward Scott Quigley from Barrow.
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But Johnson is delighted with his new arrivals.
He has introduced goalkeepers Mark Halstead (Blackpool, Morecambe), 30, and Polish-born ex-QPR loanee Marcin Brzozowski, centre-half Ali Omar (QPR, Barnsley), left-back Dan Martin (Fulham, Cardiff), experienced midfielder Tom Lapslie (Colchester), winger Keelan O'Connell (AFC Bournemouth) and 20-year-old striker Klaidi Lolos from Plymouth Argyle.
It brings his squad up to 17 senior pros and Saturday's first pre-season friendly at Poole Town (3pm) may feature a couple of trialists.
Johnson - he also tried to re-sign former top scorer Jamie Reid before his move from Mansfield Town to Stevenage, stressed: "I'm really pleased with the standard of our new recruits, and we're looking to bring in one or two more.
"Even after a season like we've just had, when everyone put so much into it, you have to have that courage and energy to freshen things up.
"We still have a solid group from last season, and the new lads have already got the belief in what we're all about."