Defender Kyle is Gulls' centre-forward secret weapon

Torquay United player Kyle Cameron during the National League Match between Altrincham and Torquay U

Torquay United's Kyle Cameron - Credit: Steve Bond/Pinnacle

Defender Kyle Cameron has emerged as a surprise 'secret weapon' at centre-forward in Torquay United's bid to win promotion through the National League play-offs - and he's relishing the prospect of returning to the position where he began his career.

After sending fit-again Cameron on up front at promotion rivals Stockport County (2-2) recently, Gulls manager Gary Johnson started the ex-Newcastle United centre-half there in last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Altrincham.

Senior targetman Danny Wright is still sidelined, on-loan Sunderland striker Benji Kimpioka was training with Sweden under-21s and Chesterfield loanee Scott Boden won't be able to play against his parent club in the play-off semi-final on June 12 if the Spireites beat Notts County in the Elimination Round this weekend.

Johnson had strikers Boden, Billy Waters and Josh Umerah all on the bench at Altrincham with Cameron in the starting XI.  

Cameron, 24, revealed: "I played up front all my junior career, and I scored plenty of goals.  Newcastle signed me as a centre-forward, but then converted me to centre-half.

"I always believe I can score, I enjoy it up there and I'd love to get the chance of a couple more, especially as they'd be important ones now."

Cameron has scored four times this season, but two have been 'erased' because of Dover Athletic's decision to stop playing.

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Johnson also 'converted' Yeovil Town centre-back Terry Skiverton successfully as he guided the Glovers from the 'Conference' up to League One 15 years ago.

"Kyle did OK at Altrincham, and I wouldn't be playing him up front if he hadn't shown in training that he can do the job - it could be an option in his future career," said Johnson.

In the play-off semis, the Gulls will be at home to Notts County or Chesterfield, who play this Saturday (4pm), while Stockport will meet Hartlepool United or Bromley (Sunday, 2.30pm).