The Ed looks at this week’s United signing Gabby Rogers…
CAREER SO FAR
Gabby Rogers has the familiar tale of one that got away. The Torquay-born lad was a part of the Torquay United youth system before it was disbanded in 2015, as the Gulls cut all possible costs to stay afloat. Like many he soon found his way to Exeter City’s academy, before Yeovil Town tempted him up to Somerset on a scholarship deal. He made his debut for the Glovers in August 2018 in the EFL Cup against Aston Villa, and then followed that up with his first league appearance one month later. A first professional contract was then signed at the end of 2018, but after that his career at Yeovil never got going. In the next two and a half years he never managed to pin down a regular spot in the team, ending with only 19 appearances and one solitary goal. After a few years at Huish Park the winger moved on looking for a fresh start and the opportunity to play regular first team football. Understandably Gary Johnson’s offer to join United was too good to resist.
Date of Birth: 14th February 2001 – 20 years-old
Place of Birth: Torquay
Previous Clubs: Yeovil Town, Salisbury
League Stats 20-21: Played 7, Goals 0, Bookings/Red Cards 0
Gabby is a predominately left footed attacking player, and caused Dan Martin plenty of problems at Tiverton, tricking the left back and then cutting inside to score a top corner beauty to give Tivvy the lead. The winger then played out on the right again versus Bournemouth, before switching around with Keelan as the game progressed. The talent is clearly there to prosper at United, but his display at Plainmoor showed he’ll need to work on his defensive game and also make sure opposition defences don’t shut him down by pushing him onto his weaker right foot. Ben Whitfield was a good example last season (before injury), as he continued to make crosses with his unfavoured foot to keep full backs on their toes. Gabby is in good hands to develop his game at Plainmoor, if the work ethic and attitude is right then we’ll hopefully have a real player on our hands for seasons to come.
Oh and as well-documented, he’s also the son of former Plymouth Argyle footballer Andy Rogers.
VIEWS FROM PREVIOUS CLUB
“Gabby is a good young hungry attacking midfielder, happy to take on defenders, with some good pace and not afraid to take a shot (which I think you already seen). He was never given a chance at Yeovil and I’m not sure why. You’ve got yourself a player that is only going to develop even more, especially under Gary.”– Adam Barrington (Yeovil Town supporter)
🟡 Gabby Rogers Signs For TUAFC
Midfielder Gabby Rogers has become the latest addition to Gary Johnson’s exciting new-look Torquay United squad. #tufc
– Be linked to his dad’s old team at Home Park if his form is good enough.
– Cut inside on his left foot and try his luck from 25 yards out.
– Be called ‘Jolly Rogers’ or ‘Fab Gabs’ by the Herald Express after a match winning performance.
– Score against Yeovil Town
Least likely to:
– Compare Gary Johnson unfavourably to Darren Sarll.
– Refuse to celebrate a goal against Yeovil Town.
– Announce he was named after the popular 90s singer with the trademark eye patch.
The Yellow Army’s Ashton Gate hangover is clearing in the past week, and a signing like Gabby Rogers is certainly helping…far better than a raw egg or any of that malarkey! I asked for some X-factor last week in my talking points blog, and Rogers definitely gives us a bit of that. Whether he’ll force his way straight into the first eleven is debatable, but this is a great chance for him to shine. A local lad helping to lead Torquay United back to the Football League? That would be lovely.