Johnson aims to get new winger match fit and sign him for longer

Byron Moore of Torquay in action battles for the ball with Tyler French of Wrexham during the Nation

Byron Moore of Torquay in action battles for the ball during the match between Wrexham and Torquay United on Saturday. Picture: Lexy Ilsley/PPAUK - Credit: Lexy Ilsley/PPAUK

New Torquay United winger Byron Moore may be on a 'cut-price' deal at the moment, but the Gulls will stretch their budget to the limit to keep him if the former Plymouth Argyle player hits the form which manager Gary Johnson believes he is capable of producing.

Ex-Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Bristol Rovers, Bury and Plymouth Argyle winger Moore, 33 - who left Home Park in the summer after 43 appearances for the Pilgrims last season - is essentially a League One, or at least League Two, player on National League wages.

Torquay have not revealed the length of his current contract, but it's thought to run to the New Year.

Johnson revealed: "Byron was back in Stoke, where he lives, when we heard that he might still be available, which surprised us.

"He's still got his pace, ability, touch and, of course, his experience, although we have to get him match fit again, so he'll be working hard.

"The finances he was earning previously, he wouldn't earn with us, but he understood what our structure was and he wanted to play football and, maybe, prove a point or two.

"I think a lot of people were surprised that he didn't get a new contract at Plymouth, and the minute he shows that sort of form, we'll be trying to sign him for longer."

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Moore made an eye-catching debut off the bench in last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Wrexham, where man-of-the-match Connor Lemonheigh-Evans headed an 84th minute equaliser.

Johnson commented: "Byron calmed everything down when he went on, helping us to finish the stronger side.

"It was a good experience for the boys to come through that game, and with that big crowd (9,812)."

Out of the FA Cup, United don't play again until bottom club Dover Athletic come to Plainmoor on November 13, Johnson insisting: "The Dover match, and the next few games after that, will be very important for our season."