Ellis vows to beat old club - but wishes Torquay United well if they win on Saturday

Mark Ellis of Notts County challenges for the aerial ball with Joe Lewis of Torquay United

Mark Ellis of Notts County challenges for the aerial ball with Joe Lewis of Torquay United during the match between Torquay United and Notts County at Plainmoor on April 24 - Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

Former Torquay United defender Mark Ellis says he will do everything in his power to help Notts County beat his old club in Saturday's National League play-off semi-final at Plainmoor - but if the Gulls win, he hopes they go on to clinch promotion.

Centre-back Ellis, 32, who played 136 games for Torquay (2007-2012), has been a major factor for County since he signed on loan from Tranmere Rovers in March.

He scored against the Gulls in a 2-2 league draw at Plainmoor in April.

"Torquay was the club that gave me my chance and it will always have a big place in my heart," said Kingsbridge-born Ellis, who went on to play for Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United and Tranmere.

"I think the fans there know what I've always been about, and I'll be giving everything for Notts to win.

"But if Torquay beat us, I hope they go on and win the final. In fact, I'd try and get a ticket."

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