Gulls boss Gary Johnson: Homegrown duo 'in my future plans'

Olaf Koszela of Torquay United during the pre season match between Torquay United and Plymouth Argyl

Olaf Koszela - Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson stresses that homegrown duo Olaf Koszela and Louie Slough remain in his future plans in the wake of the loan signings of Harry Perritt and Sinclair Armstrong over the past week.

Defender Perritt, 21, from Accrington Stanley and striker Armstrong, 18, from Queen's Park Rangers were 'FA Cup-tied' by their clubs for last night's replay at Havant and Waterlooville, but they will be available for Saturday's home National League game against King's Lynn Town.

Striker Koszela, 19, who made his debut in the NL South at 16, and centre-back Slough, 20, are out on loan at Southern League Tiverton Town and Bideford respectively, Koszela scoring nine goals so far.

Louie Slough of Torquay United during the pre-season friendly match between Tiverton Town and Torqu

Louie Slough - Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Johnson said: "I've always said that Olaf would be here as long as I'm here.

"Everyone could see in pre-season that he needed to get out to a club at a level he could cope with and come back a man having scored goals.

"He's doing that, and Louie is doing the same thing in his position at Bideford.

"We also have Alex Moyse (Tiverton) and Scott Piper (Willand) out on loan, learning to fight for a place and stay in a team.

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"These lads still train with us, we want the best for them and we monitor their progress all the time."

Perritt arrived before Saturday's 2-2 draw with Havant at Plainmoor - a first round tie away to League One Charlton Athletic on November 6 awaited last night's winners - and Dublin-born Armstrong signed this week.

"These are not last-minute loans - we've been watching Harry and Sinclair for a long time," said Johnson.

"Both are strong lads - Sinclair is very quick - and the more pace and power we can get in our team will be a bonus."

A stoppage-time header by sub Jayden Gilbert beat Oxford City away 1-0 in the FA Youth Cup and earned a first round trip to Newport County. 

Saturday against King's Lynn is 'Community Day' at Plainmoor, with more than 1,000 tickets given away to community groups and families under a scheme involving the Torbay Weekly, Sport Torbay and Torbay Council.