First friendly for Torquay United
- Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK
All of Torquay United's new signings are expected to be on show when the Gulls open their pre-season programme away to Poole Town (3pm) on Saturday.
Manager Gary Johnson says that at least two, and maybe three, trialists will also have run-outs against Southern League opposition after the first week of training.
United have signed seven new senior players, plus rookie pros Scott Piper and Alex Moyse, and Johnson said: "No manager ever says that the first week has gone badly, but ours has been really good and we're very pleased with the condition of the lads and the times they've been doing in the runs.
"The first game will be a mixture of everyone, with most of them getting 45 minutes, but all the new lads will be out there."
Poole were top of the SL Premier South Division when the 2020-2021 season was halted because of Covid-19, and Gulls fans are likely to swell a good crowd at the Tatnum Ground.
Torquay return to Plainmoor next week for home games against Truro City on Tuesday night and Plymouth Argyle next Saturday.
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