In-out deal ticks both player and financial boxes for Torquay United
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TORQUAY United are hoping to emerge with deals for striker Scott Boden and defender Fraser Kerr that tick both player and financial boxes for the promotion-chasing Gulls.
Chesterfield centre-forward Scott Boden has joined United on loan to the end of the season, while defender Fraser Kerr has also been in talks about a permanent move away from Plainmoor.
Gary Johnson gets an experienced striker with a proven record, with Boden's wages almost certainly split between the two clubs.
But United would shift the whole of Kerr's contract from the Plainmoor wage-bill.
Boden, 31, who's scored 114 goals in a career that's taken him from his hometown Sheffield United to Chesterfield twice, Macclesfield, Halifax, Newport, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Wrexham and Gateshead, made his Torquay debut in Tuesday's 2-1 win at Solihull Moors.
Johnson, who has been without his first-choice centre-forward Danny Wright since Christmas, said: "Scott is that experienced striker that we've been wanting to sign since Danny was injured.
"He's scored a lot of goals at League (EFL) and National League level, he's been down training with us and I'm very pleased to bring him into the club."
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United's assistant manager Aaron Downes also played a key role in the move - he and Boden played together at Chesterfield from 2008-2012.
Ex-Motherwell and Hartlepool centre-back Kerr, 27, has played only seven times in an injury-hit spell at Plainmoor.
But the tall Scot has not been able to go home while he was sidelined, living in a digs 'bubble' with several teammates, and he has reportedly found it tough mentally.
United are keen to help him move closer to home for that reason.
Kerr's departure and ongoing injuries to Liam Davis, Gary Warren, Dean Moxey and now Kyle Cameron (hamstring) might leave United stretched in defence, but the been-there-done-it Boden is a new attacking option while Wright recovers from his own hamstring injury.
Gulls fans should be back inside Plainmoor for the last home game of the regular season, against Barnet on Saturday, May 22, under Government lockdown easing.
The new measures will also see a resumption of local football, golf and tennis from the end of next month, albeit without clubhouse facilities.