EX-GULLS UPDATE by @EXGULLS

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This article we’ll mainly look at transfers ahead of the 2021/22 season with some Torquay players from last season finding a new home. We also have a look at our Euro Championship scoring Welshman who was born in Devon!

Kieffer Moore – EURO 2020 Wales

We first start off with Kieffer Moore, who was the sole ExGull at the European Championships this summer. Despite being born in Torquay, he is eligible to play for Wales through his paternal grandfather. He could’ve represented China in international football through his maternal great-grandfather, but opted for the Red Dragons.

His inclusion into Rob Page’s side was no shock, scoring 5 goals for Wales since 2019 and he managed to add to his tally, scoring Wales’ equaliser as they drew 1-1 in their Group A opener against Switzerland in Baku. With victory over Turkey and defeat against Italy they finished second in the group and faced Denmark in Amsterdam. Unlike Euro 2016, Wales couldn’t repeat their heroics from France and were beaten 4-0 by the Danes.

Moore played in all 4 games, started 3, scoring once and accumulating 2 yellow cards during the tournament.

Jayden Stockley – Preston North End to Charlton Athletic

Our first transfer sees striker Jayden Stockley make a permanent move to the capital from Lancashire. ‘The Headmaster’ returned his best goal tally since leaving Exeter City for Nigel Adkins side as they just missed out on the play-offs. Like Moore joining the Wales squad for EURO 2020, this wasn’t much of a shock, as Stockley clearly loved his time at The Valley last season.

Ben Pringle – Morecambe F.C.

One of Morecambe’s promotion winning squad, Ben Pringle, has left the Globe Arena after only 1 season. Making only 9 appearances last season the midfielder is on the move, would you like to see him back at Plainmoor?

Anthony O’Connor – Bradford City to Morecambe F.C.

Swapping clubs with Derek Adams, Irishmen Anthony O’Connor has joined the League 1 new boys Morecambe F.C. after leaving Bradford City. Morecambe will aim to stay in League 1 at the first time of asking but it will be challenge for the club as they’ve never been higher than the 4th tier in the clubs history before.

Billy Bodin – Preston North End to Oxford United

Another player swapping Lancashire for the south is Billy Bodin. After spending a majority of last season on the bench at Deepdale, the Welshman looks to get going again after a frustrating few years with injury setbacks. He’s joined Oxford United on a one-year deal.

Ryan Bowman – Exeter City to Shrewsbury Town

For an undisclosed fee, Ryan Bowman has joined Shrewsbury Town after a successful season at Exeter City. He scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Grecians and has moved to the League 1 side on a two-year deal – with Shrewsbury Town holding a one-year option.

Mark Ellis – Tranmere Rovers to Barrow A.F.C.

After a successful loan spell at Notts County at the tail end of last season, Mark Ellis bid farewell to Tranmere Rovers to join Barrow A.F.C. With his solid performances in the National League, it was unlikely Ellis would turn an option down in the Football League joining the former National League champions, as they’ll look to consolidate in League 2.

Opi Edwards – Bristol City to Forest Green Rovers

After 6 years at Bristol City, where he was on loan at various non-league sides in the West Country, as well as Solihull Moors, he also played at many youth levels for Bristol City. The winger departed Ashton Gate to join vegan friendly side Forest Green Rovers. The winger notably made 4 substitute appearances last season, registering an assist on Boxing Day as Bristol City beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1.

Lucas Covolan – Torquay United to Port Vale

We bid farewell to our Samba goal-scoring Goalkeeper Lucas Covolan Cavagnari last month, as he joined Port Vale shortly after the game he made worldwide news in. Joining from Worthing F.C. at the beginning of the 2019/20 season he started off a tad shaky with the jury still out with him but during the last 6 months or so of the 2020/21 season, Covolan made the number 1 shirt his own and improved tremendously as the Gulls made it to the play-off final. At the age of 30, a chance to play in the Football League came calling and you can’t blame him for taking up that opportunity and he leaves with our best wishes!

Conor Wilkinson – Leyton Orient to Walsall F.C.

Another striker who shone last season was Conor Wilkinson. He’s done a superb job moving up the ranks after finding his form at Dagenham & Redbridge a few seasons back. Scoring 13 goals in all competitions for Leyton Orient, he’s joined Walsall F.C. a potential replacement for Elijah Adebayo who left for Luton Town at the beginning of the calendar year.

Joss Labadie – Newport County to Walsall F.C.

After 5 years in Wales with Newport County, midfielder Joss Labadie looked for a new adventure, returning to the Midlands to join up with former Torquay teammate Conor Wilkinson at Walsall F.C. Despite being born in London, Labadie started his career at West Bromwich Albion where he spent most of his time out on loan.

Jamie Sendles-White – Aldershot Town

After only one season at Aldershot Town, Jamie Sendles-White left the club after being unable to agree new terms with the Shots. Currently represented by former England International Kevin Davies, we’re sure the centre-back, who captained Aldershot Town, will find a new side soon.

Josh Rees – Aldershot Town to Boreham Wood

Another player leaving Aldershot Town is midfielder Josh Rees. He had a stellar season with the Shots last campaign and has joined Boreham Wood who seems to be building a side full of National League experience and young talent ahead of the new season. Possibly following ‘The guide to promotion from the National League’ by Sutton United.

Scott Boden – Chesterfield F.C.

Another player who is moving on to pastures new is Scott Boden and is anyone surprised he’s leaving Chesterfield F.C. after his celebrations for Billy Waters goal against his parent club back in May! The striker is a free agent now and I’d like to see him at Plainmoor next season.

Jak McCourt and Fraser Kerr will both being staying at the club for the upcoming 2021/22 campaign.

Michee Efete – Wealdstone F.C. to Grimsby Town

Grimsby Town are hoping to bounce straight back to the Football League but as we know that’s easier said than done. They’ve started the recruitment process and brought in former Wealdstone F.C. defender Michee Efete. This is Efete’s first professional contract since leaving Norwich City, as Wealdstone F.C. last season were a part-time club.

Kyle Cameron – Torquay United to Notts County

Another departure from Plainmoor is defender Kyle Cameron, spending most of his days in Devon at centre back, he’ll be mainly remembered for being apart of the National League South side who gained promotion back to the National League at the first time of asking. Spending the final couple of games on the left hand side, he’s decided to join Notts County ahead of the new season.

Frank Vincent – A.F.C. Bournemouth to Notts County

Another National League South Champion, Frank Vincent will join Kyle Cameron on the banks of the River Trent. After leaving A.F.C. Bournemouth in the summer he’s joined the promotion push at Notts County. He spent last season on loan at Scunthorpe United and Walsall F.C. in League 2.

Rhys Murphy – Yeovil Town to Southend United

Another side that have joined the National League after relegation from League 2 is troubled Southend United. With the aim of stopping the rot at Roots Hall, Phil Brown has gone for the approach of signing experienced National League players. After 2 years in Somerset with Yeovil Town, Rhys Murphy has returned to Essex to join Southend United. During his time at Huish Park he scored 34 goals in 65 games in all competitions.

Ben Gerring – Woking F.C. to Bath City

Moving closer to home, defender Ben Gerring has joined National League South side Bath City after a few years at Woking F.C. Gerring’s had plenty of experience at NLS level getting promoted with Woking F.C. via the play-offs as well as having a loan spell at Oxford City last season.

Adebayo Azeez – Dover Athletic to Dartford F.C.

It was a season to forget last season for Adebayo Azeez. Despite being Dover Athletic’s top goal scorer, their season was only 15 games old when they stopped playing due to financial reasons and it wasn’t until he was relieved from his contract, could Azeez find a new club. He’s joined National League South side Dartford F.C. who are building a squad to fight for promotion.

Jake Robinson – Billericay Town to Dartford F.C.

Joining Adebayo Azeez at Princes Park is formidable goal scorer Jake Robinson. After 4 years at Billericay Town, with a brief spell at Maidstone United sandwiched in-between, Robinson has joined Steve King at Dartford to potentially form a strike partnership with Azeez.

Manny Duku – Raith Rovers to Inverness Caledonian Thistle

North of the border, Manny Duku has swapped the dark blue of Raith Rovers to join fellow Scottish Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who also play in blue! Duku had a strong start to life in Scotland but couldn’t replicate his form during the second half of last season and failed to earn himself a new deal at Raith Rovers. Lets hope he can find that form at the “Mouth of the River Ness”.

Conrad Balatoni – Edinburgh City to Clyde F.C.

Another move in Scotland sees defender Conrad Balatoni leave Edinburgh City to join Clyde F.C. The Leeds born defender has moved up a tier as Clyde F.C. hope to stay in Scottish League One once again.

Jean-Yves Koue Niate – Aguilas F.C. to U.S. Lasitanos Saint-Maur

On the continent Jean-Y’ves Koue Niate has swapped sunny Spain for his native France. The move was mainly made for personal reasons and it’s quite understandable especially during these challenging times! He has joined U.S. Lasitanos Saint-Maur, a team based in a commune within Paris. They currently play in the 4th tier of French football and will compete in the same league as Gazelec Ajaccio, who competed in Ligue 1 as recent as the 2015-16 season, as well as the reserve teams of Auxerre, Lens and F.C. Metz.

New ExGulls

We’ll also be following the careers of more recent ExGulls, named below, so do follow us on twitter: @ExGulls to find out where their next steps are!

Matt Buse

Liam Davis

J.J. Evans

Benji Kimpioka

Andrew Nelson

Owen Price

Adam Randell

Sam Sherring

Josh Umerah

Gary Warren

Billy Waters


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