@ExGulls gives an update on ex-Gulls who are on the move
August is normally the month when football returns, with the excitement of the new season, full of hope and expectation. But this year a lot of us are in hope that we can all return to Plainmoor as soon as possible, with the understanding that things could change. Despite this, we keep our fingers crossed as we all look forward to the season beginning next month. Clubs everywhere have still been preparing for the 2020-21 campaign and there have been plenty of moves involving ex-Gulls including some moving north of the border, others abroad whilst some having a fee behind them. We also looked at some players who’ve either got their seasons back underway or just finishing after their suspensions.
We’ll start off with Connor Lemonheigh-Evans who has signed permanently at Plainmoor after 3 separate loan spells over the last 3 seasons. Well-loved by the Yellow Army, the Welsh youth international will be able to link up with the likes of Ben Whitfield and Jake Andrews once again. It’s a signing which comforts me as he’s already been Torquayfied and it’ll take Connor no time at all to settle down in the bay.
Kieffer Moore was one of the most wanted players from Wigan Athletic’s squad from last season, with up to 5 clubs at one point chasing his signature. The Welshman, who was born in Torquay, decided to make is new home in the Welsh capital joining Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee. According to Transfermarkt it’s believed to be around £1,980,000. He’ll be the main man for Neil Harris, as they’ll look to push for the play-offs in the Championship this season.
Another move within the Football League saw Angus MacDonald join Rotherham United on a free transfer, leaving Hull City a day prior to joining the Championship new boys. MacDonald had a tough season last year; in September he was diagnosed with early stages of bowel cancer but thankfully made a full recovery in December and returned to senior football when the season resumed. Unfortunately for him and Grant McCann’s side a poor run of form at the end of the season saw them finish bottom. MacDonald has become an experienced defender in the Championship since leaving Plainmoor, playing for Barnsley F.C. as well as Hull City.
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Three loanees from last season have found new temporary homes in League 2 for the upcoming campaign. Saikou Janneh who is well loved by the Yellow Army will be given his chance on loan with Newport County. The Gambian scored in his first goal in a pre-season friendly and will hopefully show what he’s made of in the Football League. Defender Robbie Cundy has joined Cambridge United on loan from Bristol City whilst Frankie Vincent has signed for Scunthorpe United on a season long loan. It will be interesting to see how Robbie fairs in the League 2 with plenty of fans having mixed opinions on him, whilst we all would’ve like to see more of Vincent, but due to injury he didn’t play as many games as first hoped. He could be a key signing for Scunthorpe United this season.
Elsewhere in the Football League, Ben Pringle joined Morecambe F.C. after his release from Gillingham F.C. He joins up with former Argyle boss Derek Adams who has a new look Morecambe F.C. side as they prepare for their first season with a new manager since 2011. Pringle brings a wealth of experience to the Globe Arena having played in all three Football League divisions.
In the National League, Paul McCallum has joined Dagenham & Redbridge a year into his 2 year deal at Solihull Moors, linking up with another former ex-Gull in manager Darryl McMahon who is looking to boost the Daggers strike-force for this season. Another move within the top flight in non-league saw Dan Sparkes, who just like McCallum ended last season with Barnet F.C., join Nathan Blissett at Maidenhead United. Myles Anderson has joined National League new boys Weymouth F.C. after leaving Hartlepool United. Anderson becomes the third ex-Gull who could be in Weymouth’s starting XI this season alongside Josh McQuoid and Josh Wakefield.
In the National League South Iffy Allen left Maidstone United to join fellow Kent side Ebbsfleet United, who are looking to bounce straight back up under new German boss Dennis Kutrieb in his first season in English football. Shamir Fenelon has joined Billericay Town after his departure from Maidenhead United, linking up with Jake Robinson under the guidance of Jamie O’Hara. Defender Jazzi Barnum-Bobb has returned to the National League South, joining play-off finalists Dartford F.C. after his season in the National League with Wrexham A.F.C. where he struggled to adapt to the way the Red Dragons play. Callum Evans has joined Ryan Clarke and Lloyd James at Bath City after leaving Macclesfield Town; Bath City just like Dartford F.C. will be hoping to put their disappointing play-off campaign behind them.
In the National League North, Tom O’Sullivan has left Hereford F.C., who are currently managed by Josh Gowling, to join Gloucester City who have a new ground to play at next season. Another move within non-league saw one of Gary Owers’ signings Bobson Bawling join Haringey Borough after a spell with Enfield Town.
Closer to home, veteran defender Craig Woodman has joined Tiverton Town after spending the last 8 seasons at Exeter City. Woodman only featured for the Grecians on 6 occasions last season before leaving at the end of his contract.
Moving north of the border, Manny Duku has joined Scottish Championship side Raith Rovers after yet another successful spell at Hayes and Yeading United.
From going north of the border to across the English Channel, Rhys Healey has swapped Milton Keynes Dons for the French side Toulouse F.C. for an undisclosed fee. The Welshman will be playing in Ligue 2 after Toulouse’s relegation last season. Healey scored 11 goals in 19 appearances in League 1 last season, despite Milton Keynes Dons sitting in the bottom half of the table.
Some ex-Gulls have been able to play some competitive football with differing results. Jamie Reid made his debut for Mansfield Town in their 4-0 defeat to Preston North End in the Carabao Cup. Elsewhere in the 1st round of the League Cup, Tyrone Marsh of Stevenage took on Alex Bass and John Marquis of Portsmouth. Stevenage were up by 3-2 at half time, which saw Bass substituted. Marquis scored the equaliser, which took the tie to penalties; Marquis scored his penalty as Portsmouth went through 3-1.
Striker Andre Wright found the back of the net on two occasions for Bohemians F.C. with goals against Cork City and local rivals St Patrick’s Athletic. He also managed to register an appearance in Bohemians F.C. UEFA Europa League qualifier against Hungarian side M.O.L. Fehever but his team were knocked out on penalties after the tie finished 1-1 after extra time. Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s season with Melbourne Victory has finished in the A-League as they failed to qualify for the play-offs.