Johnson confirms duo lined up to join Gulls next season
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Manager Gary Johnson has lined up veteran centre-forward Danny Wright and highly-rated young prospect Andrew Nelson as his new strike-force for Torquay United next season.
The Gulls' boss has confirmed long-standing rumours that Wright, 35, who led his Cheltenham Town attack to the National League title in 2016, is on his way to Plainmoor.
He has also revealed that 22-year-old former Sunderland and Dundee forward Nelson will join Wright in United's attacking roster.
Johnson will also bring in two experienced defenders and an attacking midfielder, and they are likely to be announced next week.
Norfolk-born Wright joins the Gulls after a pro career that started late with United's old Conference rivals Histon and has since taken in Cambridge United, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers, Gateshead, Kidderminster Harriers, Cheltenham and Solihull Moors, whom he left at the end of last season.
He has scored more than 140 goals, including 22 in Cheltenham's title season and 18 over the last two seasons at Solihull.
Wright will be 36 in September, but Johnson insists: 'He's a young 35, going on 36, and I wouldn't sign a 35 year old has-been.
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'He is unbelievably fit. He has been there, playing at different levels. He is a very experienced player, very good on and also off the pitch.
'He is a presence, and we didn't have that up front last year.'
Stockton-born Nelson played for Sunderland Under-23s in the EFL Trophy as a teenager and had spells on loan with Hartlepool, Harrogate Town, Falkirk and Darlington before being sold to Dundee.
He played for Dundee in both the SPL and the Championship, scoring eight goals in 39 appearances, before leaving by mutual consent earlier this month.
'There is so much potential in this lad, it's not true,' said Johnson.
'He's got a work ethic. He's a pest, but a clever pest, and he's got all the potential in the world.
'I see him and Danny Wright as a very potent strike-force, and the Yellow Army will identify with them.'
The National League has not so far joined the Premier League and EFL in setting the start-date for next season as September 12, but they are expected to make their own announcement after the weekend, once the FA has also finalised dates for the Cup and the Trophy.