Torquay United manager Gary Johnson - Credit: Pinnacle

TUFC: Eight signings and Gary Johnson is 'still looking'

Dave Thomas

Eight senior signings so far in an increasingly strong-looking squad, but Torquay United manager Gary Johnson is far from finished with his transfer dealings ahead of three successive home friendlies, starting with League Two Newport County at Plainmoor on Saturday (3pm).

"There's still three weeks to go, and me and Downesy (assistant Aaron Downes) are asking ourselves 'Have we done enough?'," said Johnson before another sun-drenched training session at Seale Hayne near Newton Abbot.

"We are still looking. Sometimes people can look quite good on a poor pitch, against players a couple of leagues lower than us.

"But we look at the 'numbers', and things like creating an opportunity, scoring a goal, making a goal and what their end-product is.

"We're trying to find players who can win the league or win promotion."

United added striker Corie Andrews (AFC Wimbledon) and defender Ollie Tomlinson (Plymouth Argyle) before Tuesday's 2-0 win at Exmouth Town.

But they are believed to be close to completing at least one, possibly two more signings as they prepare to meet Newport and then Plymouth Argyle next Tuesday and Exeter City on Saturday week (Apr 23), all at Plainmoor.

"When you have any pre-season, no one is ever at the same stage, week after week," added Johnson.

"Some have trained 100% of the time, so 50% and some not enough because they've only just arrived.

"But it's been a conscious thing to get more athleticism into the squad. They look fine specimens so far, and we know they are good footballers.

"We've got to get that athleticism out as quick as we can."

Another encouraging sight at Seale Hayne is left-back Dan Martin walking without a brace on his left ankle.

Martin injured ligaments at Buckland Athletic last Friday, and Johnson reported: "Dan will be a few weeks yet, and it's a race to get him ready for the start of the season (Aug 6)."

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